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

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

NORDC offers swim and aqua fitness this summer season. Class levels are offered for ages 6 months and older: tadpole (parent and child ages 6 to 36 months); guppy (parent and child ages 2 to 5); Nemo (ages 3 to 5); starfish (ages 6 to 12); dolphin (ages 12 to 15); and shark (ages 16-plus). Aqua fitness (ages 16 and older) features cardio and water exercises that target the whole body.

Register now for the Summer Session 1 classes, which will be held through July 2. Registration forms are available at all pools and may be downloaded from All classes meet once per week, except for aqua fitness, which meets multiple times per week.

For a list of pool locations, hours and classes, visit

Classes help residents improve swimming skills, confidence and water safety awareness. Swimming is a great health and fitness option, as it can improve cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength, endurance, posture and flexibility.

FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION: Register through Monday. The season begins on July 13.

Flag football is a fun noncontact sport where girls and boys ages 5 to 14 can throw and catch the ball, make interceptions, pull flags on defense and run for touchdowns — all while having a good time, making friends, getting exercise and having fun.

For registration requirements and playground locations, visit

HOLLYGROVE COMMUNITY FAMILY FEST AT CONRAD PARK: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Conrad Park, 3400 Hamilton St. Free activities, entertainment, food and a community resource area.

ALGIERS COMMUNITY FAMILY FEST AT CONRAD PARK: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 27, Behrman Park, 2529 Gen. Meyer Ave. Free activities, entertainment, food and a community resource area.

OPEN CANOEING: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 8 (except July 4), 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