NORDC has made a commitment to the city to provide community spaces where people are able to maintain productive fitness routines. In 2014, NORDC launched three Fit NOLA Parks to ensure that healthy nutrition and physical activity were more accessible for all New Orleanians.

Since then, three Fit NOLA Parks — St. Roch, Norwood Thompson and Taylor — have had a steady growth in participation. With the input of community members, Fit NOLA Parks has expanded to three new parks — Stallings Gentilly, Behrman and Conrad.

All classes at the NORDC Fit NOLA Parks are free and open to the community. Registration is not necessary, and all equipment is provided at no cost to participants.

People of all ages, skills and fitness levels are welcome. The year’s spring class schedule includes Zumba, kickboxing, hula hooping, boot camp and yoga.

Classes are held weekdays in the early evening and on Saturday mornings, with the exception of hula hooping on Tuesday morning.

For the full class schedule, visit or check out Fit NOLA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for contests and giveaways for class participants.

Fit NOLA programs are made possible by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Chevron, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation, New Orleans Health Department, Louisiana Public Health Institute, Market Umbrella and a number of collaborating community partners.

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

Fit NOLA Parks spring classes through May 31

St. Roch Park: 1800 St. Roch Ave.

  • Kickboxing, 6 p.m. Monday
  • Hula hooping, 6 p.m. Tuesday

    Boot camp with CrossFit NOLA, 9 a.m. Saturday

Taylor Park: 2600 S. Roman St.

  • Boot Camp with CrossFit NOLA, 6 p.m. Monday
  • Hula hooping, 6 p.m. Tuesday

    Zumba, 6 p.m. Wednesdays

    Kickboxing, 6 p.m. Thursday

Norwood Thompson Park: 7200 Forshey St.

  • Hula hooping, 6 p.m. Wednesday
  • Yoga, 6 p.m. Thursday

Conrad Park: 3400 Hamilton St.

  • Hula hooping, 6 p.m. Monday
  • Zumba, 6 p.m. Thursday

    Boot camp with CrossFit NOLA, 9 a.m. Saturday

Stallings Gentilly Park: 2700 Lapeyrouse St.

  • Zumba, 6 p.m. Thursday
  • Hula hooping, 6 p.m. Thursday

    Boot camp with CrossFit NOLA, 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Behrman Rec Center and Park: 2529 General Meyer Ave.

  • Hula hooping, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday
  • Zumba, 7 p.m. Thursday