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

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

Baseball and softball opening day is just around the corner on May 4. This is a time when NORDC welcomes hundreds of young players and volunteer coaches on freshly prepared fields all across the city.

Registration for baseball (ages 5 to 15) and softball (ages 9 to 15) begins March 23 and runs through April 6. For registration requirements and playground locations, visit

NORDC is a partner with Major League Baseball for the Urban Youth Academy and RBI programs. The Urban Youth Academy at Wesley Barrow Stadium provides free, year-round baseball and softball instruction as well as educational baseball vocation programming for young people from underserved and urban communities throughout southern Louisiana.

The Revising Baseball in Inner Cities program provides youth with the opportunity to play baseball and softball while encouraging excellence and achievement in education, and teaching the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. For the past two years, NORDC baseball teams have advanced to the RBI regional championships and the World Series.

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 28, Cut-Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade St. Free Easter egg hunts for ages 12 and under, games, space walks, face painting, snowballs and popcorn.

MOVIES IN THE PARK: The movies start at sunset, 7:15 to 7:30 p.m., but people can go early for field games at 6 p.m. and fitness activities with Fit NOLA Parks instructors at 6:30 p.m.

Friday: “Big Hero 6” at Burke Playground, 2524 Annunciation St., hosted Lyons-Burke Booster Club.

April 10: “Million Dollar Arm” at St. Roch Playground, 1800 St. Roch Ave., hosted by St. Roch Booster Club.

April 11: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” at Annunciation Playground, 800 Race St., hosted by NORDC Teen Council.

YOUNG BIRDERS ASSOCIATION: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., April 11, Teen bird-watching club in partnership with the Orleans Audubon Society. Meet at Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Ave. for a bird-watching walk in City Park, led by a member of the Orleans Audubon Society.

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