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

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

Mayor Mitch Landrieu proclaimed July as Parks and Recreation Month to recognize the benefits derived from parks and recreation resources through the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and New Orleans Parks and Parkways.

The city has drastically expanded the number of parks and recreational opportunities since 2010, and people of all ages are encouraged to take advantage of them.

To celebrate the month’s 30th anniversary, NORDC will host an ’80s-style event featuring a 2.2-mile stroll around Pontchartrain Park on Saturday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. The stroll will include activities such as hula hooping, jump rope, tennis, golf and baseball. All residents are invited to join the free event and encouraged to dress in ’80s attire.

  • “Since 2010, we committed $151.3 million to improve NORDC facilities across the city and doubled the programming budget,” Landrieu said. “I’m particularly proud of our summer youth programs that are now providing quality, safe and engaging summer opportunities for all of the children of New Orleans. We’ve also greatly expanded and enhanced the city’s public parks and recreational centers, which provide community gathering places for people of all ages — and we’re not done yet. “

Landrieu said he encourages residents to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month and to take advantage of the opportunities available for recreation through NORDC programs and facilities in New Orleans.

NORDC activities promote health and wellness while having fun with friends and family. It provides places to get active, explore nature or connect with community members.

To learn more about NORDC, visit www.nola.gov/nordc. To learn more about Parks and Parkways, visit www.nola.gov/parks-and-parkways. To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, visit www.nrpa.org/July.

  • CHEER AND FOOTBALL CLINIC: The Allstate Sugar Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and Sun Belt Conference Cheer and Football Clinic presented by Chevron will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Joe W. Brown Victory Stadium, 5601 Read Blvd. Free for ages 5 to 14. The clinic will feature coaches from the Sun Belt Conference and former members of the Saints and Pelicans dance teams. To register, visit www.neworleansbowl.org or call (504) 525-5678.
  • 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.

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

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