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

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

Those looking for a place to host a family reunion, graduation party, dance recital, company picnic or film production are invited to consider reserving a New Orleans Recreation Development Center facility.

NORDC has facilities to suit many occasion — from picnic shelters to parks and green space, indoor air-conditioned gymnasiums to multipurpose rooms. As an added benefit, all rental income directly goes to improvement efforts at NORDC recreation centers and parks.

NORDC spaces available for rent include picnic shelters in Joe W. Brown Memorial Park; green space and/or playgrounds at various parks/playgrounds around the city; meetings spaces for groups ranging in size from 10 to 100 attendees; multipurpose athletic fields (football, baseball/softball, soccer fields, covered and uncovered basketball courts); recreation center gymnasiums; dance rooms; and football and/or track stadiums

For rental information, visit or call (504) 658-3052.

NORDC teens : A NORDC Teen Council application must be completed to participate in upcoming programs for teenage youths. For information, contact Shanay Haywood at or (504) 658-3016.

Teen Council service: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 18. Join teen teams for service projects around the city as part of Global Youth Service Day, in partnership with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans.

Teen sports extravaganza: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 19, Joe W. Brown Park and Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd. Teens can bring friends for a free fun play day with 21 sports activities planned.

Summer camp registration: Choose from 39 youth summer camps across the city that offer a wide array of recreational, cultural and academic programming. NORDC partners with schools, nonprofits and faith-based organizations to provide quality summer programming. Camps also provide free breakfast, lunch, swimming lessons and field trips. For registration, visit

Movies in the park: The movies start at sunset, 7:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., but people can go early for field games at 6 p.m. and fitness activities with Fit NOLA Parks instructors at 6:30 p.m.

April 17: “The Lego Movie” at A. L. Davis Playground, 2600 LaSalle St., hosted by PlayBuild NOLA

April 24: “The Princess and the Frog” at Hardin Playground, 2501 New Orleans St., hosted by NORDC and NOPD District 1

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