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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

Special Note about Joe W. Brown Park Due to structural safety concerns, the bridge just before the rec center is closed to vehicular traffic until further notice.  People on foot may use the bridge during the repair period, unless otherwise noted.  To access the recreation center, pool, Victory Track, Victory Field Stadium, and Spartan Field, please use the back entrance on Read Blvd, just before Dwyer Road.

 

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 for maintenance
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 & Season Dates
Girls Basketball 7-14

Ended December 26
Season starts January 20 details

Boys Basketball 9-14

Ended December 19
Season starts January 5 details

Soccer 5-13 January 20  - March 9
Season begins March 2 details
Track & Field 5-14

February 2 - February 16 Extended through March 2
Season starts March 21 details

Baseball & Softball 9-14 March 23 - April 6
Season begins May 4 details
Flag Football 9-14 June 1 - June 15
Season begins July 13 details
Tackle Football 5-14 July 13 - August 3
Season begins September 2 details
Cheerleading 5-14 July 13 - August 3
Season begins September 2 details
Volleyball 9-14 August 3 - August 17
Season begins September 14 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

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 (Full Capacity)
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

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.

 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 for maintenance
Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm

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

Tennis Clinics
10 and under (Feb 28-March 23) • Saturday 11am-12noon
Adult Beginner (March 3-May 28) • Tuesday & Thursday 6-7:30pm
Adult Cardio Tennis (March 4-April 22) • Wednesday 6-7pm
  • Students may bring water bottle, mats, arm and/or leg weight

 

 

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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