NEW ORLEANS, LA –– Fit NOLA Parks and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) will host free community family fests at Taylor, St. Roch and Norwood Thompson Parks in June. Fit NOLA Parks, a partnership with Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation, Market Umbrella, the City Health Department and others, will collaborate with neighborhood churches, local organizations and NORDC booster clubs in each community to provide family fest events featuring free food, music, games and prizes.
Fit NOLA Parks, in partnership with the City Fit NOLA initiative, offers family-friendly programming, free exercise activities and healthy concession options at three parks in the New Orleans community – Taylor, St. Roch and Norwood Thompson Parks.
The Gert Town Community Family Fest will take place at Norwood Thompson Park, 7200 Forshey Street, New Orleans, LA 70125 on Saturday, June 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event will begin with a second line in the park led by Da Truth Brass Band, followed by entertainment from church choirs, NORDC piano students, and DJ Captain Charles. The event will showcase field day games, Fit NOLA Parks activities, a 3-on-3 teen basketball tournament and free healthy food options, including produce by Market Umbrella. This event is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and Chevron.
Participating organizations include the NORDC Norwood Thompson Booster Club, the Gert Town Neighborhood Association, Philips Memorial United Methodist Church, First Zion Baptist Church, Greater King Solomon Baptist Church, Second Bethlehem Baptist Church, Little Zion Baptist Church, Greater St. Andrew Baptist Church, St. Joseph Baptist Church, St. Peter Baptist Church, St. James Baptist Church, Gert Town Community Development Center, Xavier University and Up2Us.
The St. Roch Family Fest will take place at St. Roch Park, 1800 St. Roch Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117 on Saturday, June 14, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The event will begin with a second line in the park led by Wendell Brunious, followed by entertainment from DJ Wild Wayne, NORDC piano students and church choirs. The event will include field day games, Fit NOLA Parks activities, a 3-on-3 teen basketball tournament, senior dance fitness, and free healthy food options, including produce by Market Umbrella) all made possible by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and Chevron. The event will culminate in a celebrity basketball game at 4:30 p.m. which will bring together youth and city leaders for some fun and fitness on the court.
Participating organizations include NORDC’s St. Roch Booster Club, Faubourg St. Roch Improvement Association, St. Roch Community Church, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, Shiloh Christian Fellowship, True Vine Baptist Church, Abundant Life Tabernacle, First Pilgrims Baptist Church and Up2Us.
The Hoffman Triangle Family Fest will take place at Taylor Park, 2600 S. Roman St. New Orleans, LA 70125 on Saturday, June 28, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will feature DJ Captain Charles and the NORDC Marching Band and will include field day games, Fit NOLA Parks activities, a 3-on-3 teen basketball tournament, senior dance fitness, and free healthy food options (including produce by Market Umbrella) all made possible by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and Chevron.
Participating organizations include NORDC’s Taylor Booster Club, Hoffman Triangle Neighborhood Association, Pleasant Zion Baptist Church, Castle Rock Community Church, All Nations Fellowship, Up2Us, and Tulane University’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine.
Designed to increase the use of neighborhood parks and provide access to healthy foods in underserved areas, the Fit NOLA Parks program is made possible by funding from Chevron, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and Fit NOLA Parks partners, and is supported by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI).
The NORDC parks participating in the Fit NOLA Parks project offer weekly recreational activity options for people of all ages and skill levels, along with healthy food options for park concession stands. For activity schedules and other information, visit www.nola.gov/health-department/fit-nola or call (504) 658-2500. For more information about NORDC programs and activities, visit www.nola.gov/nordc or call (504) 658-3000.
About Chevron Gulf of Mexico
Based in Covington, LA, Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico business unit has approximately 1,800 employees and approximately 2,000 contractors daily. Chevron is one of the largest producers and second largest leaseholder on the Gulf of Mexico shelf; and one of the top leaseholders in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
About the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI)
Founded in 1997, The Louisiana Public Health Institute’s mission is to promote and improve the health and quality of life in Louisiana through public-private partnering at the community, parish and state levels. By fostering collaborative endeavors in the areas of health information, public policy, applied research, and community capacity enhancement, LPHI works to develop community-oriented solutions that improve the health of the Louisiana population. For more information, visit www.lphi.org.
About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is building a healthier Louisiana through community outreach and charitable giving. Our portfolio of programs support $5 million of health, wellness and education initiatives throughout the state annually. When we put dollars into Blue Cross communities, it makes Louisiana a better place for everyone. The Foundation is funded solely through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. Learn more on the Foundation’s website www.ourhomelouisiana.org