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

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

Summertime means pool time at NORDC facilities throughout the New Orleans area.

There are 15 pools set to open Monday. Residents can soak in the rays this summer while cooling off in a refreshing NORDC pool. All are fully accessible and staffed with friendly, professional lifeguards.

This summer, residents have more pool choices with 13 summer outdoor and 3 year-round indoor pools, including brand-new pools at the new A.P. Sanchez Community Center and Stallings St. Claude Rec Center.

All outdoor pools will open June 1. Many remain open until Sept. 6.

NORDC offers swim lessons, aqua fitness classes and junior lifeguard training to help residents improve swimming skills, confidence and water safety awareness. Swimming is a great health and fitness option as it can improve cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength, endurance, posture and flexibility — all at the same time.

For a list of pool locations, hours, and classes, visit

Fit NOLA Parks plan community family fests

NORDC is collaborating with community leaders and organizations at the three newest Fit NOLA Parks locations to host community family fests featuring free food, music, games and prizes. Each event will highlight neighborhood performers, resources and multigenerational activities.

The first fest will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Stallings Gentilly Park, 2700 Lapeyrouse St. Spirit Brass Band will lead a second-line at 4:30 p.m. Scheduled performers are Chief Montana, Kyndra Joi and Band, Kevin Stylez, DJ Moe, Black Latino, Bobby Toomer, Extreme Drumline, The NET Charter School, Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company and Adinkra NOLA School.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to meet at the park for a fun afternoon of field games, Fit NOLA physical activities, wet and dry inflatables, bingo games and a 3-on-3 teen basketball tournament. There also will be an area for residents to get information about community resources.

Save the dates for two other community family fests at Conrad Park in Hollygrove on June 20, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Behrman Park in Algiers on June 27, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

NORDC baseball player advances

Congratulations to Michael Mims, a 14-year-old member of the Goretti Playground Saints, who won the overall championship in the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run state championship and will advance to the Regional Competition in Houston.

Pitch, Hit and Run is a national initiative that gives boys and girls ages 7 to 14 the chance to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities.

FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION: June 1-15 for boys and girls ages 5 to 14. The season begins on July 13. For registration requirements and playground locations, visit

SENIOR CHOIR CONCERT: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 5 at Sanchez Rec Center, 1616 Caffin St. Free.

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