NORDC was presented with two awards for outstanding achievement during the Louisiana Recreation and Parks Association’s annual conference in April.

The A.P. Sanchez Rec Center & Pool received the Outstanding Park/Facility Design II Award for displaying a high degree of professional design quality and recreation usage. The annual award commends collaboration between design professionals and parks and recreation professionals.

Located on the Lower 9th Ward, the new two-story, 65,000-square-foot community center replaces the previous facility that was destroyed during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and symbolizes the community’s rebirth.

Amenities include an indoor pool, indoor basketball court, exercise room, dance room, game room, senior center, health clinic, multipurpose classrooms, reading room, music room, and arts and crafts classroom, and a New Orleans Police Department substation.

The association’s Arts and Humanities Award commended the Treme Homecoming Project for promoting cultural arts through an innovative and effective art program. This diverse and interactive art project was implemented through a partnership with the Arts Council of New Orleans. Teaching artists engaged community members from age 6 to 65 during a seven-month-long workshop series.

The result was a permanent mural and individual paintings now on display at the Treme Rec Center that pay homage to the heroes, history and culture of the Treme community, Treme Community Center and individual community culture bearers.

A mural guide that describes the people and places in the mural is available online at www.nola.gov/nordc/culture-programs/visual-arts/.

As NORDC continues to strengthen its service to the citizens of New Orleans with unprecedented growth in facilities and programming, recognition by the Louisiana Recreation and Parks Association is especially welcomed and deeply appreciated.

The A.P. Sanchez Recreation Center and Pool are scheduled to open this summer.

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