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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Gernon Brown Recreation Center


District A
1001 Harrison Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124 
(504) 658-3151
Center Manager: Tyna Preatto

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday 10am to 9pm
Saturday 9am-2pm
Sunday Closed


  • Indoor Basketball Court
  • Multi-Purpose Rooms


Activities & Classes

 Basketball Free Play
Youth (17 and under)
Monday 3-6pm, Wednesday 3-4pm, Friday 3-6pm, Saturday 9am-2pm

Adults (18+)
Monday 10am-3pm , Wednesday 10am-3pm, Friday 10am-3pm & 6-9pm, Saturday 9am-2pm

Freeplay Volleyball
Youth (17 and under)
Thursday 3-6pm

Adults (18+)
Tuesday 10am-3pm, & 6-9pm
Thursday 10am-3pm, & 6-8:30pm


Piano/Voice Lessons
Tuesdays 1:30–5:15pm; Thursday 2:30-4:45pm


NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance
Senior Dance Fitness ages 55+

Monday and Wednesday  10:30am-12:30pm 
Class Description:  Stretching, cardio and dance, fun music, and healthy eating and lifestyle education. Other program features include performance opportunities, access to special master workshops, social events, and $5 tickets to select NOBA Main Stage presentations. 

Details:  Registration ongoing. Start anytime. Blank forms are available from the instructors or
download here external link external link. Comfortable dance or exercise attire is recommended.  Bring a yoga or exercise mat. (A few are available to borrow on a first come basis.) Schedule is subject to change. Classes filled on a first come, first served basis. For more information about Senior Dance Fitness, please contact Susan Bensinger at  or 504-522-0996, ext. 207.

NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance
After School Dance Classes

The registration period is over. For more information about after-school dance classes, please contact Susan Bensinger at  or 504-522-0996, ext. 207. Learn more about the New Orleans Ballet Association here.

Ballet Primary - Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm
Ballet Level 1 - Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm 
Contemporary Jazz Primary - Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm
Contemporary Jazz Primary - Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm
Modern Primary - Thursday 4:30-5:30pm
Modern Teen - Thursday 5:30-6:30pm

Important Dates
March 30 – April 4, 2015: Spring Break, no classes
April 27 – 29, 2015: Spring Open Houses (details TBA)
May 15, 2015: Last day of classes

About Gernon Brown

Mr. Brown was recognized locally and nationally as one of the topmost leaders in the field of education, athletics and community recreation.

He was the Executive Assistant Director of the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) from 1955 until his death in 1963.

From 1924 until his death he was a member of the New Orleans Jesuit High School faculty and besides teaching mathematics, he taught public speaking and dramatics for 15 years.  He was lead football and baseball coach throughout his stay there and for many years coached all sports.

His teams won 42 major championships including five state and seven city football titles, 13 state and as many city baseball championships, and five state, two sectional and four regional American region crowns.

During World War II, Mr. Brown coaches the Jesuit high track and baseball teams and won two city and state cage titles and one city track championship.

In the recreation field, Mr. Brown was a charter member and organizer of the New Orleans Junior Sports Association, forerunner of NORD.

From 1947 to 1952 he served as volunteer chairman of NORD’s Bantam football program and in 1953 he was appointed coordinator of NORD programs.

He served as president of the Louisiana Recreation Association in 1955-56 and as chairman of the southwest District Advisory Committee of the National Recreation Association in 1955-58.  He was appointed chairman of the National Advisory Committee on recreation program and activities for NRA n 1962. 

In November 1962, Mr. Brown was honored as the outstanding alumnus of Jesuit High School for 1962.  Read more at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame here






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