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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

John P. Lyons Recreation Center


District B
624 Louisiana Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115 map
Recreation Center (504) 658-3004
Center Manager: Jolene Jeff
Athletics Site Supervisor: Ronald Harness

Mascot: Lions
Colors: Green & Gold

Hours of Operation

Rec Center
Monday through Friday 10am to 9pm
Saturday 9am to 2pm
Sunday Closed 


  • Indoor basketball court
  • Outdoor pool
  • Chevron Dance Studio
  • Multi-purpose rooms
  • Multi-purpose field
  • Playground equipment

Team Athletics

Registration Dates

Sport Ages Registration Dates
Football co-ed 5-14 July 21 - August 15 details
Cheerleading co-ed 5-14 July 21 - August 28 details
Volleyball co-ed 7-14 October 28 - November 14
Girls Basketball 7-14 November 4 - January 6
Boys Basketball 7-14 November 4 - January 6





Activities & Classes

Basketball Free Play
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 3:30-6pm (ages 5-17)
Thursday, Friday 4-8:30pm (ages 18 and older)
Saturday 9am-2pm (all ages)

Casa Samba
Registration ongoing.  Join the class at any time.
Adults $10 per class; Free for 18 & under and Seniors
Discounts and Scholarships available for Students over the age 19
Wed & Fri 6-7pm  Capoeira Angola (kids)
Wed & Fri 7-9pm Capoeira Angola (adults)

Adult Exercise with Teddy Harkness
Registration ongoing.  Join the class at any time.
Monday and Wednesday 5:30pm-6:30pm

Piano Lessons 
Register August 25, 4-6pm (Robert Pate & Carl Williams, registrars)
Mo 11:15-7:15pm, Tu 3:15–6:15pm,We 10:45–6:45pm, Fr 11:15–5pm 

Painting Workshops
August 12-14, 3:30-5:30pm at Lyons Center
Ages 6 and older.  Limit 15 people per class.  First come, first serve.  Free for Orleans Parish residents.  Register in person at Lyons Center or contact L'Oreal Evans at or (504) 658-3013.

August 12 - Beginner
August 13 - Intermediate
August 14 - Advanced
All materials will be provided, so just bring your creativity for this colorful workshop with artist Eugenio Wilson external link


Treme Homecoming Art Classes
Free Intermediate & Advanced classes for grades K-8
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 through August 2014  
Instructors: Acclaimed artists Jamar Pierre external link and Ivan B. Watkins external link

Students participate in art and mural design classes along with cultural & educational workshops. They learn how to research, document & depict the history of Treme & Treme Center with elders and artists in the community. All student work will be exhibited.  To see more photos, click here external link


Treme Homecoming Community Art Workshops
Saturdays 10am - 1pm  Free and open to all ages!
Join Artists  Ivan B. Watkins external link and Jamar Pierre external link for a series of free community art workshops. Learn more about painting, drawing, mural design, the history & culture of Treme, and contribute to a work of public art that will be installed at the Treme Center this summer! Featured speakers include Gina Montana, the Sudan Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Big Chief Victor Harris of FiYiYi and more!

The Treme Community Art Classes and Workshops are presented in partnership with the Arts Council of New Orleans external link   

NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance

After School Dance Classes

Registration: Tuesday, August 19, 5-7pm
Class Schedule (September 2014 – May 2015)

Monday and Wednesday (must attend both days)
4:30-5:40pm Primary Level Ballet

Tuesday and Thursday (must attend both days)
4:15-5:25pm Level 1 Ballet (minimum two years prior ballet training required for this class)

For registration details and imporant class information, please visit   For more information about after-school dance classes, please contact Susan Bensinger at  or 504-522-0996, ext. 207. 

Important Dates
September 8, 2014: Fall semester begins
November 24 – 29, 2014: Thanksgiving Break, no classes
December 16, 2014: Holiday Open House
December 17, 2014 – January 4, 2015: Winter Break, no classes
January 5, 2015: Spring semester begins
January 19, 2105: Martin Luther King Day, no classes
February 12 – 18, 2015: Mardi Gras Holiday, no classes
March 30 – April 4, 2015: Spring Break, no classes
April 27 – 29, 2015: Spring Open Houses (details TBA)
May 15, 2015: Last day of classes

Teen/Adult Movement Classes

Senior 55+ Dance Fitness Program, Tai Chi, Horton and Yoga Groove Scroll down for class schedules and descriptions.
Registration ongoing. Start anytime. Participants must submit completed, signed enrollment & release forms before entering the studio space. Blank forms are available from the instructors or download here . Forms need only be filled out once and will be kept on file, but please note that each session is filled on a first come, first served basis (it is recommended to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to class start time if possible). Comfortable dance or exercise attire is recommended (or specific attire details per class type). Only bare feet, socks, or ballet shoes are permitted on The Chevron Studio floor. Please e-mail with questions. Schedule is subject to change.  Learn more about the New Orleans Ballet Association at

Senior 55+ Dance Fitness Program 
Tuesday & Thursday  June 9am-10:20am | July 3:45-545pm

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. 

Tai Chi 
Saturday 9:30-10:30am  (ages 13-80+)

Learn skills to help focus and calm your mind, improve physical and mental balance, increase core strength and strengthen organs, muscles and joints. Participants will experience the basics of tai chi and qigong, working with breath, energy, and simple meditative movements. Participants are encouraged to attend as many classes as possible to obtain the greatest benefit from the series. Instructor: Nanette Ledet 

Horton Technique (all levels)
Saturday 10:45am-12:15pm (ages 13-80+)

The Lester Horton Technique is a rigorous and strength-building modern dance technique used by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. This class will focus on fortifying basic Horton Technique skills including Primitive Squat Descent, Deep Forward Lunges, Flatbacks, Laterals, Release Swings, Hinges, Prances, Pulls, Triplets, Leg Swings, Tilts, Tables and Double Attitude Jumps. Experience recommended. Instructor: Jasmine Forest 

Yoga Groove
Saturday 12:30-1:30pm (ages 13-80+)

Transform your mind, energize your body, open your heart and ignite your spirit! Come experience the joy and groove of yoga in a fun, welcoming environment. Instructor: Lindsey Crow  


Free Technology Skills Training

In partnership with Southern University at New Orleans

  • Free for ages 10-14, 15-17 and 18+
  • Beginner and Intermediate Classes    
  • Taught by students from the SUNO College of Business
  • Hands-on instruction using NORDC  computers
  • Classes are twice a week plus an optional lab session

Learn how to use (or enhance your knowledge of):
Word, Excel, Email, Internet, Outlook, and Social Media 

Get basic or intermediate training on skills needed for:

  • Employment – search and applying for jobs
  • Personal responsibilities (creating budgets, paying bills, getting maps and directions, preparing incometaxes, filing for licenses, applying for benefits, etc.)
  • Researching and writing papers for school
  • Researching colleges and submitting applications
  • Helping children with homework
  • Time Management
  • Social Connection

July 15 - November 15, 2014
To enroll anytime (pending class availability), see the NORDC staff member at the front desk.

Ages Mon
Lab *
18+ 10am-12noon 10am-
10am-12noon 10am-
10-14 4-6pm 4-6pm 4-6pm 4-6pm 4-6pm
15-17 6-8pm 6-8pm 6-8pm 6-8pm 6-8pm

* Lab hours are available for students currently enrolled.  Students will use the lab time to work individually with the instructor and practice skills learned during class.



About the Renovation

The John P. Lyons Center, which re-opened on Monday June 3 after a $4.9 million renovation. The Lyons Center has been closed since Hurricane Katrina. This project was assisted by an $115,000 donation by Chevron for a new dance studio and $25,000 from NFL Foundation for a new computer lab as part of the Super Bowl Legacy Project.      


John-Lyons.jpgAbout John P. Lyons
1913 – 1945 (age 31)

by Robert A. Lyons, Jr.
Slidell, Louisiana
May 31, 2013

John Patrick Lyons, Jr. was born on November 11, 1913 on the corner of St. Thomas and Felicity Streets and delivered by a German mid-wife in New Orleans, Louisiana. John is the second son and sixth child of John Patrick Lyons and Margaret Burke Lyons. After John finished grammar school at St. Alphonsus, he attended Jesuit High School, but later graduated from St. Alphonsus High School in 1931. St. Alphonsus later changed to Redemptorist High School (1937 – 1980). In later years the name was changed to Redeemer High School (1980 – 1994) and then moved to Gentilly and merged with Seton Academy (1994 - 2006) to become Redeemer-Seton Academy. Redeemer-Seton was purchased by Holy Cross High School and torn down after significant damage by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The new Holy Cross High School was built on this new location after the old Holy Cross was destroyed by Katrina in the Lower 9th Ward.

John never married and had no children. John worked for Anderson-Clayton as a buyer of cotton and he later worked for the Cotton Exchange as a buyer at the time when he was drafted into the service. At the age of 27, he was drafted in the first selective service on June 19, 1941 before Pearl Harbor. During his time he reached the rank of Technician Fourth Grade (Staff Sergeant). John achieved an enlisted specialist rating entitled to the base pay of a Sergeant, 4th Pay Grade also known as a company clerk. John was Tank Commander of “A” Company of the 85th Armored Regiment, 5th Armored Division, 81st Tank Battalion. His platoon operated an M4 Sherman medium tank.

During the war, two days after winning the battle over the Ruhr River in Belgium John’s unit was heading toward Berlin. During operations on February 25, 1945, John’s unit had platoons out posted in a village towards the southeast near, Boslar, Germany, which had represented the exposed right flank of the Corps. On the 25th, at 1930 hours, Captain McNab, on orders, moved his men to the vicinity of Hottorf, Germany, with the bulldozer at the point, clearing debris on the road as they passed through the town.

It was here where John was killed in action (KIA) against the enemy during a battle when his tank was hit by enemy fire. From here “A” Company continued on straight for Berlin. One month later on March 29, 1945, along with 14 others Tec. 4 John Patrick Lyons was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star.

During the war, John was supposed to meet his brother Patrick, who was also in Europe at that time, but Patrick was killed on October 19, 1944 in Embermenil, France on before their meeting.

In total, 710 soldiers of the 5th Armored Division and its attached units were killed in action or died of wounds received in action, and 2,442 were wounded in action. The division returned to the United States in October 1945 and was inactivated at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, on October 11, 1945. The 5th Armored or “Victory” Division was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Silver Star by the French Government; the Belgium Government Unit Citation. September 9, 1989 the Luxembourg Government awarded the 5th Armored Division the Cross of Honor and of Military Merit.

My grandmother, Margaret Burke Lyons had all four of her sons in the war at the same time. While John was in Germany, Patrick was in France, my father Robert was in Italy and Daniel was in the navy stateside. My mom said that my father and Daniel were pulled out of the war after John and Patrick were both killed. This happened after the five Sullivan brothers were killed on the US Navy ship USS Juneau (CL-52), the vessel on which they all served in World War II, around November 13, 1942. Since then, the U.S. War Department adopted the Sole Survivor Policy. Therefore my father and his younger brother Daniel were pulled out of the war. My mom said he still spent some time overseas but not in the action and was later sent home.

After the war in 1946, the American Legion John & Patrick Lyons Post 336 was founded in New Orleans. In 1950, friends of the family had thought the newly built neighborhood center located at 624 Louisiana Avenue in New Orleans should be named in John’s honor based on his earlier sports career in the city and giving the ultimate sacrifice for his country in WWII. John was a popular local high school star and well-known in the city of New Orleans for his talent. Some friends approached John’s mother, Mrs. Lyons and asked for her blessing for them to pursue the idea of naming the newly built center after John. Thousands of people signed the petitions and later sent them to the mayor's office in pursuit of their request. Chet Morrison, the mayor of New Orleans, had stated he was overwhelmed by the thousands of signatures on the petitions, he readily agreed to the request of the center being named the John P. Lyons Memorial. Later, the Lyons family was contacted by the mayor on the agreement to grant the request of the petitions. Needless to say, the family was elated and the dedication was underway.

I had often wondered why Uncle Patrick's name was never used in the memorial. I later found out from my mother, who attended the first dedication, it was only named after Uncle John because of the notoriety John had built for himself based on his sports career in his younger high school days. She said he was a very popular and well liked person. While his brother Patrick was athletic he was just not known for sports like John. As of today, my mom is the only living relative that was in attendance at the original dedication.

John and his brother Patrick are buried in the Lyons grave on St. Peter Avenue in St. Patrick Cemetery Number 3 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  


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