Fun with NORDC: Family Fun Walk to celebrate Park and Rec Month _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

NORDC hosts Park and Recreation Month to make local residents’ lives and communities better.

During Park and Recreation Month, and throughout the year, NORDC’s recreation activities and parks allow people to be active, live heathier, connect with nature and gather together.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Park and Recreation Month, NORDC will host an old-school ’80s-style Family Fun Walk featuring a 2.2-mile walk around Pontchartrain Park at 6500 Press Drive on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The walk will have breaks for fun activities including hula hooping, jump rope, sack race, basketball, tennis, golf and baseball. There also will be raffle prizes. The event is free, and attendees are encouraged to dress in ’80s-themed attire.

Park and Recreation Month was created by the National Recreation and Park Association in 1985 to promote the importance of parks and recreation.

CHEER AND FOOTBALL REGISTRATION: Register through Aug. 3, ages 5 to 14. For registration requirements and playground locations, visit www.nola.gov/nordc.

VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION: Register Aug. 3 through 17, ages 9 to 14. For registration requirements and playground locations, visit www.nola.gov/nordc.

BE A VOLUNTEER COACH: NORDC is recruiting positive role models to coach youth athletics. Immediate need for football, cheerleading and volleyball. To learn more, visit www.nola.gov/nordc.

OPEN CANOEING: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays through Aug. 15, Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd. (at the lagoon behind the rec center). Rides are first-come, first-paddle. Ride with an experienced NORDC team member or on your own.

Victor N. Richard III is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. For more information, visit www.nola.gov/nordc.