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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Joe W. Brown Recreation Center

5601 Read Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70127 map
Recreation Center (504) 658-3080
Pool (504) 658-3020
Tennis Center (504) 658-3071


Center Manager: Johnie Burks
Athletics Site Supervisor: Ryan Smith
Tennis Center Manager: Kamal Simmons
Mascot: Spartans
Colors: Red & Columbia Blue

Hours of Operation 

PARK
The gates are open Mon-Fri 7am-9pm and Sat-Sun 7am-7pm.

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

INDOOR POOL
Monday through Friday 8am to 9pm
Saturday  9am-6pm
Sunday 2-6pm

TENNIS CENTER
Monday through Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday closed
Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm

Amenities

  • Indoor basketball courts
  • Indoor pool (open year round)
  • Showers
  • Multi-purpose rooms
  • Multi-purpose fields
  • Playground equipment
  • Walking trail
  • Tennis courts
  • Picnic shelters
  • Large green space
  • Restroom building

 

 

Team Athletics 

Sport Ages Registration Dates
Basketball girls &
boys 7-14
November 17 - January 6
Season starts January 7
details

 


 

 

 

 

 

Activities

Adult Basketball Free Play  (Main Gym)
Monday & Wednesday 1pm-6pm

Youth Basketball Free Play (Practice Gym)
Monday & Wednesday 1pm-6pm

All Ages Basketball Free Play (Main Gym)
Saturday 9am-2pm

Volleyball Free Play (Practice Gym)
Friday 6pm-9pm

Adult Exercise with Teddy Harkness
Tuesday & Thursday 7pm-8pm
Drop in anytime on this fun and invigorating and fun class!  Teddy Harkness, the jovial instructor, leads the class through cardio moves and core strengthening exercises.  Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace.   

 

Piano Lessons
Register August 29, 4-6pm (Cordell Chambliss & Carl Williams, registrars)
Classes are held Monday 10:15am–6:45pm, Tuesday 10:15am–4:45pm, Thursday 1:15–6:45pm and Friday 12:45–5:15pm



Math Tutoring for Grades 5-7
Tuesday and Thursday 5pm-6pm at the Front Desk
 

NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance

Learn more about the New Orleans Ballet Association here.

After School Dance Classes Sept.- May 15 for ages 6-18
The registration period is over. For more information about after-school dance classes, please contact Susan Bensinger at sbensinger@nobadance.com  or 504-522-0996, ext. 207.

Ballet  Monday 5-6pm Primary and 6-7pm  Level 1 
Tap  Tuesday 5-6pm  Primary and 6-7pm  Level 1 
Hip Hop  Wednesday 5-6pm Primary and 6-7pm  Level 1 
Modern Thursday 5-6pm Primary and 6-7pm Level 1 

 

Senior Dance Fitness ages 55+
Monday and Wednesday  10:30am-12:30pm

Free Healthy Lunch Schedule: Senior Dance Fitness Session 10:30-11:50am followed by a healthy lunch at 12:00pm on the following days unless otherwise noted: October 29, November 12, December 3, December 17.

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. 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 sbensinger@nobadance.com  or 504-522-0996, ext. 207.

 

Indoor Swimming Pool

The number in parenthesis represent lanes available for that specific activity.  Lap swim is for patrons 16 years of age or older unless given written permission from the aquatics director. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or over. View swim lessons and all class descriptions.

Monday 8am-9pm
8-9am:  Lap Swim (6)
9-10am:  Hydro Fit (3) and Lap Swim (3)
10-11am: Adult Lessons (6)
11am-12noon: Fit & Flex (6)
12noon-3pm: Lap Swim (6)
3-4pm:  Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)
4-6pm: Swim Lessons (6)
6-7pm: Fit & Flex (5) & Lap Swim (1)
7-9pm: Lap Swim (6)

Tuesday 8am-9pm
8-9am:  Lap Swim (6)
9-10am:  Hydro Fit (3) and Lap Swim (3)
10-11am: Adult Lessons (6)
11am-12noon: Fit & Flex (6)
12noon-3pm: Lap Swim (6)
3-6pm:  Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)
6-7pm: Fit & Flex (5) & Lap Swim (1)
7-8pm: Adult Lessons (3) & Lap Swim (3)
8-9pm: Lap Swim (6)

Wednesday 8am-9pm
8-9am:  Lap Swim (6)
9-10am:  Hydro Fit (3) and Lap Swim (3)
10-11am: Adult Lessons (6)
11am-12noon: Fit & Flex (6)
12noon-3pm: Lap Swim (6)
3-4pm:  Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)
4-6pm: Swim Lessons (6)
6-7pm: Fit & Flex (5) & Lap Swim (1)
7-9pm: Lap Swim (6)

Thursday 8am-9pm
8-9am:  Lap Swim (6)
9-10am:  Hydro Fit (3) and Lap Swim (3)
10-11am: Adult Lessons (6)
11am-12noon: Fit & Flex (6)
12noon-3pm: Lap Swim (6)
3-6pm:  Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)
6-7pm: Fit & Flex (5) & Lap Swim (1)
7-8pm: Adult Lessons (3) & Lap Swim (3)
8-9pm: Lap Swim (6)

Friday 8am-9pm
8-9am:  Lap Swim (6)
9-10am:  Hydro Fit (3) and Lap Swim (3)
10-11am: Adult Lessons (6)
11am-12noon: Fit & Flex (6)
12noon-3pm: Lap Swim (6)
3-5pm:  Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)
5-6pm: Swim Lessons (6)
6-7pm: Fit & Flex (5) & Lap Swim (1)
7-9pm: Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)

Saturday 9am-6pm
9-10am:  H2O Mix (5) and Lap Swim (1)
10am-12noon: Swim Lessons (6)
12noon-6pm: Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)

Sunday 2-6pm
2-6pm: Open Swim (4) and Lap Swim (2)

 

 Joe W. Brown Tennis Center (10 courts)

5601 Read Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70127 map
Tennis Center Manager: Kamal Simmons email (504) 658-3071

Hours
Monday through Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday closed
Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm

Court Fees
$5 per hour before 4pm
$7 per hour beginning at 4pm ($5 per hour for City of New Orleans employees with ID)
Check in at the Tennis Center building next to the courts.
No reservations. First-come, first-served

 

 

 

About Joe W. Brown
JWB-Bio-Pic.jpg1897-1959

Joe W. Brown and Dorothy Dorsett Brown (1896-1989) were dedicated to philanthropy during their lifetimes. The Browns moved to New Orleans in the mid-1920s. They both came from humble beginnings, but they slowly acquired wealth through astute investments in real estate and oil properties.

Mr. Brown drilled a producing oil well in 1946 in Valentine Field, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, and continued drilling the field until his death in 1959. Valentine Field was one of the great discoveries in south Louisiana and established Mr. Brown as one of the state's largest independent oil producers.

The Browns owned and raced thoroughbred horses all over the country. The horses raced under the Browns' signature colors - white with a black "B" and black stars. Some of their famous horses' names were: Brownie, Gigantic, Cabildo, Listcapade, El Baba and Tenacious. Their horses won many races over many of the country's famous race tracks.

The majority of the Browns' charitable endeavors during their lifetimes were anonymous with the exception of a shelter for the New Orleans SPCA and the memorial recreation center in the Joe W. Brown Park. In 1957 the donation of 163 acres of property for the park was estimated to be worth in excess of 1 million dollars.

The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation is a private, philanthropic foundation established in 1958. With its mission: To alleviate human suffering, the Brown Foundation is highly involved in funding medical and environmental research; housing for the homeless; organizations who care for the sick, hungry or helpless; religious and educational institutions; and organizations and groups concerned with improving our local communities.

Mrs. Brown helped guide the direction of the Foundation until her death in 1989. A long-time employee and friend of Mr. and Mrs. Brown, Mr. D. Paul Spencer now operates the Foundation with a deep sense of pride and dedication on behalf of the Browns.

The efforts of the Foundation are restricted to the states of Louisiana and Mississippi. The focus is on South Louisiana, the New Orleans area and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

 
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