Welcoming people to a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Antioch Boulevard Park Recreation Center, from left, are District 66 Rep. Rick Edmonds, Shenandoah Homeowners Association President Henry Grace and BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight.

BREC officials showed off renovations at the Antioch Boulevard Park Recreation Center during a Nov. 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The center, at 6229 Antioch Boulevard in Baton Rouge, features new flooring, scoreboard, gym doors and retractable basketball goals in the gymnasium. Other major components to the facility include a new multipurpose room for programming and community activities, and completely renovated restroom facilities, with a family restroom added.

Recreation centers give kids in the community a special place to go where they can learn healthy habits, the importance of being outdoors and staying active while parents and grandparents have the security of knowing their children are in a safe, secure place, park officials said.

In addition, park officials said, centers allow seniors to remain active and have a place to socialize with others in the community they may not have met otherwise.

BREC invested $618,000 in the center. The Shenandoah Homeowners Association was a vital part of this project — giving input into the design and helping to plan and promote the ribbon-cutting.