Our Views: Putting parks on wheels

For many years now, public libraries have used bookmobiles to bring services to those who can’t get to local branches. We’re glad that the Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission has adapted that idea to extend its reach to residents who can’t easily get to a local park.

BREC’s recently inaugurated BREC on the Geaux program uses a brightly decorated delivery truck to bring mobile playground equipment to underserved areas, with BREC staffers on hand to guide children through directed play. The games are geared at promoting exercise and mental development — a big plus given Louisiana’s high rates of childhood obesity.

Outdoor play isn’t always easy in neighborhoods where green space is limited, sidewalks are rare and streets aren’t routinely safe. BREC’s mobile unit can be an important tool in bringing the benefits of exercise to these places.

There’s no real substitute for a neighborhood park, of course, and we hope that BREC on the Geaux can inspire more families to visit a park near them.