NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City of New Orleans applauded a successful 2012 for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. Since the changing of the charter allowing for the creation of the NORD Commission, NORDC has seen amazing growth in many areas including programming and participation.
The primary goals of the public-private partnership include creating a sustainable, permanent governance structure; providing governance that includes key stakeholders from the private sector, schools, and city government; and creating a structure to allow the recreation department to leverage city resources with private funds, grants, and other funding opportunities.
“2012 was a great year for NORDC and therefore a great year for the children of New Orleans. Our children deserve a world-class recreation department and we have worked hard to give them that,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “NORDC has provided opportunities for unprecedented improvement including vital new funding, programming and resources from our private sector partners. Reforming NORDC has been an all hands on deck effort and we have seen great results.”
“The ‘old NORD’ under Chep Morrrison is back, which is the greatest compliment I could ever pay to the ‘new NORDC’,” said Councilmember At-Large Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, Chairman of the Youth and Recreation Committee. “The leadership of Mayor Landrieu, Vic Richard, the Commission under Roy Glapion and the Foundation under the private sector has been exactly what this city needed to bring its nationally acclaimed recreation department back.”
“We are on a mission to increase opportunities for our youth and senior citizens through recreation and have done a great job of that in 2012,” said NORDC Chairman Roy Glapion. “As we continue our work, New Orleans will have the strongest recreational program in our Country and we will all benefit. This is our goal, this is our mission. It’s long overdue and the citizen deserve the absolute best we as a Commission can offer.”
"Investing in worthwhile activities for our young people is the best tool in reducing crime and improving both our economy and quality of life,” said NORDC CEO Vic Richard. “At NORDC, 2012 was highlighted by a number of new initiatives and innovative programming that will benefit the children of our great city for years to come.”
NORDC TEEN COUNCIL
The NORDC Teen Council was launched in January of 2012. The mission of the Council is to empower youth ages 12 through 17 through NORDC programming. Youth have an opportunity to help plan NORDC teen programming and initiatives, attend developmental trainings and workshops, attend NORDC meetings, and participate in a leadership mentoring program. The NORDC Teen Council is comprised of a diverse group of young people from across the City.
NEIGHBORHOOD PARTICIPATION PLAN
After months of community input, research review and discussion, the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office and NORDC recommended a community advisory structure known as the NORDC Neighborhood Participation Plan (NPP). A structural framework was approved by the NORDC Commissioners in July.
The Office of Neighborhood Engagement hosted 7 community meetings to present the NPP. These meetings were a chance to gather input from residents on the NPP framework.
The focus of the NPP is to create and maintain a clear advisory role for the community and to provide a structured, accessible platform that encourages stakeholder participation from groups and individuals in NORDC decision making.
MOVIES IN THE PARK
NORDC’s Movies in the Park returned this year. Throughout the fall and spring seasons, residents had the opportunity to watch family movies for free on an outdoor movie screen in neighborhood parks across the City.
NORDC provided a large portable outdoor movie screen, licensed DVD, security, trash receptacles and satellite restrooms. Community organizations and neighborhood associations served as the hosts by choosing family-friendly movies from NORDC’s inventory as well as providing space, concessions, a volunteer cleanup crew, and a table showcasing upcoming neighborhood events.
This year, NORDC presented Movies in the Park events in 11 neighborhood parks and served nearly 1,000 residents.
NEW ORLEANS BALLET ASSOCIATION
This year, the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) presented the extraordinary dancers of Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the premier Latino dance institution in the United States. Ballet Hispanico presented two special, free, one-hour, bilingual performances. During these performances, advanced Pre-Professional students from the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance performed excerpts from the Ballet Hispanico repertoire alongside the company.
In December of 2012, NORDC and NOBA presented two performances of The Nutcracker Suite at Tulane’s Dixon Hall. The show included performances by the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance Pre-Professional and After-School dance programs, joined by members of the Seniors Fitness Program.
In 2011 Mayor Landrieu doubled the NORDC budget. As a result, in 2012 NORDC offered 33 youth (ages 4-12) camps which served 4,965 children across the city through partnerships with schools, non-profits and faith-based organizations. This was 5 more camps than were in operation in 2011. There were 7 teen camps (ages 13-17) which served over 1,000 teens across the city. In partnership with JOB1, teen camps offered local teenagers career exploration seminars which allowed for exposure to a variety of job fields. Additionally, teens earned a stipend of $75 per week.
The City hosted a Summer Expo in March that offered parents an opportunity to sign their children up for City and partner sponsored camps, programming, and summer jobs.
This year the City of New Orleans joined with partners to offer a summer meals program. This partnership with the New Orleans No Kid Hungry campaign, Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), Recovery School District (RSD), Algiers Charter Schools, Second Harvest Food Bank, the United Way, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and Share Our Strength® helped to connect more area kids and teens to free summer meal programs by raising awareness about the program and making it easier for families to get to a summer meals site. The meals program offered youth ages 5 – 18 free, nutritious meals – breakfast and lunch - at 40 sites throughout the city.
Due to the success of the summer meals program, the NORD Foundation secured a grant from Share Our Strength and the New Orleans No Kid Hungry Campaign to implement Kids Café. The after-school meal program served 62 children at the NORDC Cut-off Center and 100 children at the NORDC St. Bernard Center.
In December of 2010, Mayor Landrieu announced that the City entered into an agreement with the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter to fund a year-round swimming lesson and lifeguard training program, under the direction of NORDC.
The City of New Orleans currently operates 11 seasonal pools and 1 year round pool. Approximately 7,700 youth participated in the Learn to Swim program and other aquatic programming in 2012, which marks an increase from last year’s programs that served approximately 6,700 youth.
NORDC and the Red Cross also hosted 2 Adult Swim Nights at Stallings Gentilly Pool. These events featured water aerobics and free giveaways.
As successful as 2012 was for NORDC, 2013 is expected to be an even bigger year, with the addition of facilities such as Joe W. Brown Memorial Park, Treme Recreation Center, and the Lyons Center, as well as the improvement of 5 NORDC playgrounds during Super Bowl XLVII weekend.
Drainage and site preparation for installation of new artificial football turf, installation of the artificial turf reclaimed from the Saints 2012 season and the 2013 Super Bowl; fencing and building enhancements.
Katrina related repairs to its gym, computer lab, stage, pool, activities room, and computer lab, and a facility maintenance fund. Chevron will also directly contribute to the development of this facility by funding the installation of a state of the art dance facility within the center.
Repairs to the field lighting, installation of new basketball courts, new computer lab, aluminum seating, above ground storage and HVAC, a new playground and a facility maintenance fund.
Natural turf replacement, walking paths, softball and tee ball fields, and playground equipment, portable field goals, football scoreboard repair or replacement.
Park lighting and training equipment installation in concert with the new walking path, installation of solar lighting and construction of a new picnic shelter.