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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 4pm to 9pm
Saturday 9am-2pm
Sunday Closed


  • Indoor Basketball Court
  • Multi-Purpose Rooms


Activities & Classes

 Basketball Free Play - Youth (17 and under)
Monday 4:30-6:30pm, Friday 4:30-6:30pm

Basketball Free Play - Adults (18+)
Friday 6:30-8:45pm 

All Ages Basketball Freeplay
Saturday 11am-1pm

Freeplay Volleyball Free Play - Youth (17 and under)
Thursday 4:30-6:30pm

Volleyball Free PlayAdults (18+)
Tuesday 7-8:45pm, Thursday 6:30-8:45pm 

Piano/Voice Lessons
Tuesday 1:30-5:15pm, Thursday 2:30-4:45pm

NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance

Senior Dance Fitness ages 55+ --RELOCATED FOR THE SUMMER!

Monday and Wednesday  10:30am-12:30pm
Sanchez Rec Center
1616 Caffin Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117
Registration ongoing. Start anytime.  

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. 

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. 

Twilight Dance Camps June 1-25
Evening classes as an extension of NOBA’s year-round, tuition-free dance programs. For more information about after-school dance classes, please contact Susan Bensinger at  or 504-522-0996, ext. 207.

Tuesday - Ballet
4:30-5:30p Primary (ages 6-11)
5:30-6:30p Level 1 (ages 12-18)

Wednesday - Contemporary Jazz
4:30-5:30p Primary (ages 6-11)
5:30-6:30p Teen (ages 12-18)

Thursday - Modern
4:30-5:30p Primary (ages 6-11)
5:30-6:30p Teen (ages 12-18)


Senior Choir

The Senior Choir rehearsal will resume in the Fall. 


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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