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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Gernon Brown Recreation Center


District A
1001 Harrison Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124 
(504) 658-3151
Center Manager:  Walter Shelling

Hours of Operation -- Now Open! 

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


  • Indoor Basketball Court
  • Multi-Purpose Rooms

Activities & Classes

 Basketball Free Play - All Ages
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am-9pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9am-4pm; 6-9pm
Saturday: 9-2pm

Volleyball Free Play - All Ages
Monday through Friday: 4-6pm

Piano/Voice Lessons
Tuesdays 1:30–5:15pm; Thursday 2:30-4:45pm

NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance

Learn more about the New Orleans Ballet Association here.

After School Dance Classes Sept.- May 15
The registration period is over. For more information about after-school dance classes, please contact Susan Bensinger at  or 504-522-0996, ext. 207.

Ballet Primary - Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm
Ballet Level 1 - Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm 
Contemporary Jazz Primary - Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm
Contemporary Jazz Primary - Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm
Modern Primary - Thursday 4:30-5:30pm
Modern Teen - Thursday 5:30-6:30pm

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

Senior 55+ Dance Fitness Program 
Monday and Wednesday  10:30am-12:30pm  NOTE:  This class is temporarily relocated from Treme Rec Center.

Registration ongoing. Start anytime. Blank forms are available from the instructors or download here. Comfortable dance or exercise attire is recommended.  
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. 

About Gernon Brown & the Renovation 

Read about the Rec Center renovation here.

Mr. Brown was recognized locally and nationally as one of the topmost leaders in the field of education, athletics and community recreation.

He was the Executive Assistant Director of the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) from 1955 until his death in 1963.

From 1924 until his death he was a member of the New Orleans Jesuit High School faculty and besides teaching mathematics, he taught public speaking and dramatics for 15 years.  He was lead football and baseball coach throughout his stay there and for many years coached all sports.

His teams won 42 major championships including five state and seven city football titles, 13 state and as many city baseball championships, and five state, two sectional and four regional American region crowns.

During World War II, Mr. Brown coaches the Jesuit high track and baseball teams and won two city and state cage titles and one city track championship.

In the recreation field, Mr. Brown was a charter member and organizer of the New Orleans Junior Sports Association, forerunner of NORD.

From 1947 to 1952 he served as volunteer chairman of NORD’s Bantam football program and in 1953 he was appointed coordinator of NORD programs.

He served as president of the Louisiana Recreation Association in 1955-56 and as chairman of the southwest District Advisory Committee of the National Recreation Association in 1955-58.  He was appointed chairman of the National Advisory Committee on recreation program and activities for NRA n 1962. 

In November 1962, Mr. Brown was honored as the outstanding alumnus of Jesuit High School for 1962.  Read more at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame here






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