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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
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-9pm.

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

INDOOR POOL (click here for classes, lap and free swim schedule)
Monday through Friday 10am to 7pm (scroll down for schedule)
Saturday  9am-2pm
Sunday closed

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

All activities and classes are free for New Orleans residents unless otherwise noted.  To download a pdf version of the schedule below, click here.

Team Athletics

March 31: Baseball & Softball registration begins for boys and girls ages 5-14
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


Questions?  Contact Emily Snyder, Outdoor Programs Manager (504) 658-3000 or

Family Canoe Days
Families with children over 8-years-old. Children must weigh at least 40 pounds.  Maximum of 25 participants per day
When: The first Saturday of every month 10am-1:30pm thorugh May 3
(on hiatus during the summer)
How to Register:  Download a registration form, here. Please note that registration forms are due by the first Thursday of the month. 

This program provides a bonding experience for families through teambuilding activities and canoeing in the lagoon at Joe W. Brown Park. Families will spend half the day playing games that strengthen their communication and teamwork skills, then canoe together to solidify those skills and enjoy an unforgettable experience.  Please come dressed for cold weather! We will be outside the entire time. Please be advised that you do NOT need to know how to swim in order to participate! Every participant will wear a life jacket, which will be provided.  The goal is that no one goes in the water!

Roots & Sprouts
For: Toddlers with a parent or guardian
When: Tuesdays 10-11am through May 13 (on hiatus during the summer)
How to Register:  Download a registration form, here.

A fun, developmentally appropriate program for toddlers, designed to introduce them to the wonders of nature in order to spark their creativity and enhance learning. This is a great opportunity to bond with toddlers and learn how to foster a positive, connected relationship with the world.  This is a shine-only program. We won't meet in the rain, but we will meet in the cold! Make sure you're dressed appropriately. Snacks will sometimes be offered. Please inform staff of any food allergies. 

Teens for a Greener New Orleans - starting Fall 2014
The environmental club for teens provides an opportunity for them to make a positive impact in their city and their planet. They will work together to create environmental projects of their choosing and be guided through putting those projects into action. Examples of possible projects include campaigns against litter, cleanups, energy saving efforts in schools, etc. This is a program for teenagers who are dedicated to making a difference. Dress for the weather because our meetings will be outside. 

Kindergarten Class Field Trip
Get your class involved wiht a multi-session class that will let your students explore, play and discover.  For details, contact Emily Snyder, Outdoor Programs Manager (504) 658-3000 or

Adult Free Play (30+) Main Gym
Monday 6pm-9pm

Basketball Free Play -- Adults 18+
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10am-6pm
Wednesday & Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 9am-2pm

Basketball Free Play -- Teens 16+
Monday through Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

Basketball Free Play -- Youth ages 12-16
Monday through Friday 3pm-5pm

Adult Exercise
Tuesday & Thursday 7pm-8pm

Senior Choir
Monday 1-2pm
Registration is ongoing. Participants may start at any time.

Piano Lessons
Monday 10am–7pm
Tuesday 10–5pm
Thursday 1pm–7pm
Friday 12:30pm–5:30pm

NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance
The r
egistration 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

5-6pm  Primary Ballet ages 6-18
6-7pm  Level 1 Ballet ages 6-18

5-6pm  Primary Tap  ages 6-18
6-7pm  Level 1 Tap  ages 6-18

10:30am-12:30pm  Senior 55+ Dance Fitness
5-6pm  Primary Hip Hop ages 618
6-7pm  Level 1 Hip Hop  ages 6-18

5-6pm  Primary Modern  ages 6-18
6-7pm  Level 1 Modern  ages 6-18

10:30am-12:30pm Senior 55+ Dance Fitness

Indoor Pool (located across from the rec center)

Day & Time Activity Ages
Adult Lessons & Lap Swimming 18 yrs +


Water Aerobics

18 yrs +
Free Swim all ages


Learn to Swim (schools)
(Free swim for all ages may be
available if pool is not full with school swim classes.)
5-17 yrs
Parent & Child 6 months -
4 yrs
Lap Swimming all ages
Learn to Swim 5-17 yrs
Adult Swim Lessons &
Lap Swimming
18 yrs +
Water Aerobics 18 yrs +
Sat 9am-2pm Free Swim all ages
Sun Closed ---------















 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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