NORDC serves thousands of New Orleans residents each year by providing a platform that fosters family, growth and character. Youth and teen programs help develop self-confidence, optimism and initiative. Adult and senior programs promote friendships, good health and personal growth.

We offer recreation and cultural programs, classes and special events at seven recreation centers (and counting) and at dozens of playgrounds across the city. All of these activities strengthen the communities that make up New Orleans.

With the city’s commitment to fund recreation, NORDC has undergone unprecedented growth and is on track to be one of the best recreation programs in the country. We have four newly renovated recreation centers, and three more are in the works — Stallings St. Claude in the Bywater, Sanchez in the Lower 9th Ward, and Rosenwald on Broad and Earhart. This is in addition to ongoing improvements and repairs at NORDC playgrounds.

In 2010, voters approved a City Council ordinance to reform NORD, through the creation of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, comprising 13 community leaders appointed by the mayor. It also provided for the formation of the NORD Foundation, a nonprofit organization to serve as a fundraising body. NORD Foundation’s board members represent many of the city’s leading businesses.

We’re rebuilding NORDC into an organization to be proud of; it’s what our city deserves. We hope the community will support theses efforts and become involved in NORDC.

Please come have fun with us!

For information on more fun things to do, visit nola.gov/ nordc. And please connect with us on Twitter, @NORD Commission.

Victor N. Richard III is the chief executive officer of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. For information, visit nola.gov/nordc.

OUTDOORS

  • NATURE WALK: Noon, Tuesday, Woodland Trail, 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse. Meet at the front of the park or take the complimentary shuttle from Cut-Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade St., departing at 11:40 am.

AQUATICS

  • NORDC LIFEGUARD PREREQUISITE SKILLS CHALLENGE CLASS: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 2 and 9, and March 2, 16 and 30, Joe W. Brown Pool, 5601 Read Blvd. Classes for people ages 15 and older who are interested in becoming lifeguards. Preregistration is suggested.

ATHLETICS

  • YLC KICKS SOCCER REGISTRATION: Now through Feb. 2 for boys and girls ages 5-13. The season begins March 2.
  • TRACK AND FIELD REGISTRATION: Feb. 2-16 for boys and girls ages 5-14. The season begins on March 21. For playground locations and registration details, visit nola.gov/nordc.

CULTURAL

  • SENIOR DANCE, FITNESS AND ADULT MOVEMENT CLASSES: NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance offers several free classes at NORDC recreation centers. Register anytime.
  • SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd. Join anytime.
  • CASA SAMBA CLASSES: Lyons Center, 624 Louisiana Ave., and Treme Center, 900 N. Villere St. For all ages. Register anytime.

FITNESS

  • FITNESS CLASSES: Fit NOLA Parks offers weekly classes at Taylor Park, 2600 S. Roman St.; Norwood Thompson Park, 7200 Forshey St.; and St. Roch Park, 1800 St. Roch Ave.
  • ADULT EXERCISE: For ages 18 and older. Includes cardio and core strengthening exercises. Free classes held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Treme Rec Center, 900 N. Villere St.; from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.; from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at Behrman Rec Center, 2529 Gen. Meyer Ave.; and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd.
  • LINE DANCING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Cut-Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade St.
  • KEMETIC YOGA: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Treme Rec Center, 900 N. Villere St.

FREE AFTER-SCHOOL MEALS

  • KIDS CAFÉ: Kids Café provides free after-school meals at several recreation centers and playgrounds in partnership with Share Our Strength. Sites are Comiskey Playground, 600 S. Jeff Davis Parkway; Cut-Off Recreation Center, 6600 Belgrade St.; Treme Recreation Center, 900 N. Villere St.; Joe W. Brown Recreation Center, 5601 Read Blvd.; Lyons Recreation Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.; Stallings Gentilly Playground, 2700 Laperyouse St.; and Taylor Playground, 2600 S. Roman St.