NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City and State officials, and FEMA broke ground on the new $4.3 million Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Club House at 6514 Congress Drive in Pontchartrain Park. The old club house was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and was demolished last month.
“Breaking ground on the new Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Club House is another step forward in our recovery from Hurricane Katrina,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “As one of my administration’s committed capital projects, this $4.3 million recreation facility will further strengthen the Pontchartrain Park community. We are committed to building back better than before.”
The new, 8,500 square foot Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Club House will include communal, dining, and concession areas, pro-shop, computer classroom and community meeting space, administrative office, new exercise walking path, upgraded driving range lighting, new cart storage warehouse, and restroom facilities.
District D City Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell said, “The Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Golf Course deserves a first-rate club house. Joe Bartholomew built this course when he wasn’t even allowed to play on some of the courses he designed. We are honoring his legacy, and continuing his work to make quality facilities available to everyone. The continued work on this world-class public facility is a tremendous benefit to New Orleans.”
City Council President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson said, “This is exciting, a long time coming, and now a pattern is set for the City to follow. We need more profitably run golf courses with great facilities!”
Ann MacDonald, Director of the City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways said, “Since the Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Municipal Golf Course reopened in November 2011, there have been over 30,200 rounds of golf. The City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways is proud of its important role in managing and maintaining this beautiful golf course and we are thrilled that the Club House is coming back soon.”
Deputy Mayor for Facilities, Infrastructure and Community Development Cedric Grant said, “The new Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Club House will be a state-of-the-art, energy efficient facility with hurricane rated windows and door systems. And the new walking path will fully connect the Pontchartrain Park community with the Senior Center, tennis and basketball courts, and Wesley Barrow Stadium. The community will be proud once this project is complete.”
FEMA Louisiana Recovery Office Director Mike Womack said, “Congratulations to the city on today’s groundbreaking. This project represents another great milestone in the renovation of Pontchartrain Park. As the city moves closer to full recovery, FEMA remains steadfast in aiding local recovery endeavors through the coordination of federal taxpayers’ dollars.”
Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development said, "Recreational facilities, meeting places, parks and outdoor spaces are critical infrastructure when considering the real, long-term recovery of neighborhoods and communities. Rebuilding the clubhouse at the historic Joseph Bartholomew golf course represents a proven recovery strategy that enhances the health and promotes the well-being of returning residents. ”
The new Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Club House was designed by Perez, APC of New Orleans and will be built by Icon Construction & Development LLC of Metairie. Icon Construction Group will serve as DBE on this project. Funding for this $4.3 million project comes from FEMA recovery dollars, Disaster Community Development Block Grant (D-CDBG) funds, City Bond funds, and City Capital funds. Construction will be complete in spring 2014.
A rendering of the new Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Club House is attached to this press release.
JOSEPH M. BARTHOLOMEW, SR. MEMORIAL GOLF COURSE
In November 2011, the City of New Orleans reopened the fully renovated, $9 million Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Municipal Golf Course in Pontchartrain Park. The golf course is an 18-hole, par 72-course measuring between 5,314 yards to 6,823. Originally opened as the Pontchartrain Golf Course in 1956, the Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Golf Municipal Course was renovated in 1979 and renamed to honor the first African-American inducted in the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.