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

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, NORDC will participate in the K10 Citywide Day of Service on Aug. 29. This event will be one of the most comprehensive and unique service projects in the country, and it will bring thousands of volunteers together to support over 100 service projects in New Orleans.

Volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience are invited to take part in this unprecedented demonstration of resilience and community engagement.

As part of the commemoration efforts, NORDC will host a KaBOOM! playground build at the East Shore Playground from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at 14600 Curran Road. This build is a collaboration among Citgo Petroleum Corp., KaBOOM!, New Orleans, NORDC and the Kiwanis Club of Pontchartrain.

This project will create a safe place for children to play in New Orleans East and will contribute toward the city’s efforts to rally 10,000 volunteers to serve New Orleans communities during Katrina’s 10th anniversary week.

For more information, visit, and to participate in the East Shore Playground build, register at

SPLASH IN THE POOLS: One of the timeless joys of summer is swimming in the sun. Because NORDC extended the summer swim season to 14 weeks, six outdoor pools will remain open until Sunday, Sept. 6.

Additionally, three indoor pools are open year-round. For pool hours, visit

Outdoor pools open through Sept. 6 include Behrman Pool, 2529 Gen. Meyer Ave.; Lyons Pool, 624 Louisiana Ave.; Sampson Pool, 3100 Louisa St.; Stallings Gentilly Pool, 2700 Laperyouse St.; Stallings St. Claude Pool, 4300 St. Claude Ave.; Whitney Young Pool, 6500 Magazine St.

Indoor pools open year-round are Joe W. Brown Pool, 5601 Read Blvd.; Sanchez Pool, 1616 Caffin Ave.; and Treme Pool, 900 N. Villere St.

TEEN COUNCIL MEETING: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Ave. Guests and prospective members are welcome.

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