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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 

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

Monday through Friday 6pm-9pm
Saturday 10am-2pm
Sunday Closed

INDOOR POOL (click here for pool schedule)
Monday through Friday 8am to 7pm
Saturday  9am-4pm
Sunday 2-6pm

TENNIS CENTER (click here for fees, clinics and events)
Monday through Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday closed
Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm


  • 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



Joe W. Brown Pool (indoor)
 June 3 - Aug 10

Mon-Fri 8am-7pm *
Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 2-6pm
* Lap Swimming Only – Mon thru Fri 8-9am, 12-1pm 
* Mon thru Fri 4-5pm – youth only in the pool
* Mon and Fri 5-6pm – adults only in the pool

Learn to Swim Youth (5-17) – Mon thru Fri 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm (beginners only), 4pm (advanced only) 
Parent/Child Aquatics 6mo–4yrs – Mon thru Fri 3pm      
Junior Lifeguard Program (5-18) - Mon thru Fri 4pm
Learn to Swim Adult (18+) – Mon and Fri 5pm    
Water Aerobics Adult (18+) – Mon thru Fri 6pm


Team Athletics

For baseball schedules, click here
For softball schedules, click here
June 23:  Flag Football Registration begins
July 21:  Football & Cheerleading Registration begins

How to Register:
Register with the site supervisor on the following days/times:
Mondays 7:30 - 9pm
Tuesdays through Fridays 5-7pm.

You can get a registration form from the site supervisor, or you may download one here.  All completed registration forms must be submitted in person to the site supervisor or volunteer coach.

Questions?  Please contact the NORDC Athletics Office at 504-658-3037 or


Adult Basketball Free Play  (Main Gym)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6pm-9pm

Youth Basketball Free Play (Practice Gym)
Tuesday and Thursday 7pm-8pm

All Ages Basketball Free Play (Main Gym)
Saturday 10am-2pm

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

Adult Exercise 
Tuesday & Thursday 7pm-8pm

Piano Lessons
Register June 12, 4-6pm (Carl Williams, registrar)
Classes are held Monday 10:15am–7pm, Tuesday 10:15am–5pm, Wednesday 10:15am–6pm, Thursday 1:15–7pm and Friday 12:30–6:15pm

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.

The registration period is over for youth dance classes.  Senior Dance Fitness registration is ongoing. Click on the following links for class descriptions and enrollment information:  Youth classes external link   Adults & Senior 55+ Dance Fitness Program external link

Senior 55+ Dance Fitness Program
Relocated to St. Maria Goretti Church

7300 Crowder Blvd.
Mondays: June 23, June 30, July 7
Wednesdays: June 25, July 2, July 9, July 23, July 30
Fridays: June 20, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1
10:00am – 12:00pm

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.

Ballet  (ages 6-18) registration period over
Monday    5-6pm Primary     6-7pm  Level 1 

Tap  (ages 6-18) registration period over
Tuesday 5-6pm  Primary    6-7pm  Level 1 

Hip Hop (ages 6-18) registration period over
Wednesday 5-6pm Primary    6-7pm  Level 1 

Modern (ages 6-18) registration period over
Thursday 5-6pm Primary    6-7pm  Level 1 


 Joe W. Brown Tennis Center (10 courts)

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

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 buiding next to the courts.
No reservations. First-come, first-served



About Joe W. Brown

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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Last updated: 6/25/2014 3:16:39 PM

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