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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

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 (click here for pool schedule)
Monday through Friday 8am to 9pm
Saturday  9am-6pm
Sunday 2-6pm

TENNIS CENTER (click here for fees, clinics and events)
Monday through Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday closed
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

Joe W. Brown Pool (indoor)

Pool Schedule August 31-December 20

The number in parenthesis is the number of lanes available for that specific activity.  Lap swim is for patrons 16 years of age or older unless given written permission from the aquatics director.  Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or over. The pool will close 15 minutes prior the facility closing to allow for time in the locker room.  Please scroll down for class descriptions and swim lessons details.  Jump to pool full rules

Downloadable PDF version of the pool schedule  here.

Monday 8am-9pm
8-10am: 
 Lap Swim (6)

10-11am: Fit and Flex* (5) and Lap Swim (1)
11am-12noon: Adult Lessons (4) & Lap Swim (2)
12noon-3pm: Lap Swim (6)

3-4pm: Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)
4-6pm: Swim Lessons (6)
6-7pm: Fit & Flex* (5) & Lap Swim (1)
7-9pm: Lap Swim (6)

Tuesday 8am-9pm

8-10am:  Lap Swim (6)
10-11am: Fit and Flex* (5) and Lap Swim (1)

11am-12noon: Adult Lessons (4) & Lap Swim (2)
12noon-3pm: Lap Swim (6)
3-6pm: Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)
6-7pm: Fit & Flex* (5) & Lap Swim (1)
7-9pm: Lap Swim (6)

Wednesday 8am-9pm
8-10am:  Lap Swim (6)
10-11am: Fit and Flex* (5) and Lap Swim (1)

11am-12noon: Adult Lessons (3) & American Red Cross (3)
12noon-3pm: Lap Swim (6)
3-4pm: Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)
4-6pm: Swim Lessons (6)
6-7pm: Fit & Flex* (5) & Lap Swim (1)
7-9pm: Lap Swim (6)

Thursday 8am-9pm
8-10am:  Lap Swim (6)
10-11am: Fit and Flex* (5) and Lap Swim (1)

11am-12noon: Adult Lessons (3) & American Red Cross (3)
12noon-3pm: Lap Swim (6)
3-6pm: Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)
6-7pm: Fit & Flex* (5) & Lap Swim (1)
7-9pm: Lap Swim (6)

Friday 8am-9pm
8-10am:  Lap Swim (6)
10-11am: Fit and Flex* (5) and Lap Swim (1)

11am-12noon: Adult Lessons (4) & Lap Swim (2)
12noon-3pm: Lap Swim (6)
3-4pm: Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)
4-5pm: Swim Lessons (6)
6-9pm: Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)
7-9pm: Lap Swim (6)

Saturday 9am-6pm
9-10am: 
 H2O Mix* (5) and Lap Swim (1) 
10am-12noon: Swim Lessons (6)

12noon-6pm: Open Swim (4) & Lap Swim (2)

Sunday 2-6pm
2-6pm: Open Swim (4) and Lap Swim (2)

* Class Descriptions
Fit and Flex

Welcome to this spunky mid-morning exercise program! This class will include light cardio and exercises that will help build endurance while focusing on exercises that help coordination, balance and strength.

H²0 Mix
This class fuses together several of your favorite aqua class formats to create a memorable experience. We will mix it up with noodle, kick boards and other equipment to targer the whole body while having a blast. Both low and high intensity cardio will be included.

Swim Lessons at Joe W. Brown August 31- December 20
Build confidence with every stroke! Our swim lessons will not only teach your child stroke development but life long safety skills.  Registration at Joe W. Brown begins August 15, 2014. Please sign up at the Joe W. Brown admissions desk by August 31, 2014.

Space is limited so sign up today!

Session Dates:    8/31/2014 - 10/25/2014
                         10/26/2014 - 12/20/2014

Downloadable PDF version of the swim lesson schedule  here.         

Parent/Child Classes (ages 6mo-3yrs)
Saturday - 10:00-10:25am; 10:30-10:55am

Preschool Classes (ages 3-5)
Monday & Wednesday - 4:45-5:20pm; 5:30-6:05pm
Saturday - 10:15-10:50am; 11:00-11:35am

Youth Classes (ages 6-12)
Monday & Wednesday - 4:00-4:50pm; 5:00-5:50pm

Saturday - 10:00-10:50am; 11:00-11:50pm

Teen Classes (ages 12-16)
Friday - 4:00-4:50pm

Adult Classes (ages 16+)
Monday-Friday - 11:00-11:50am
Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 5:00-5:50pm
          

 

Team Athletics 

Sport Ages Registration Dates
Volleyball co-ed
7-14

September 29 - December 1
Season starts November 17
details

Basketball girls &
boys 7-14
November 4 - January 6
Season starts January 7
details

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities

Adult Basketball Free Play  (Main Gym)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6pm-9pm

Youth Basketball Free Play (Practice Gym)
Tuesday and Thursday 7pm-8pm

All Ages Basketball Free Play (Main Gym)
Saturday 10am-2pm

Volleyball Free Play (Practice Gym)
Friday 6pm-9pm

Adult Exercise 
Tuesday & Thursday 7pm-8pm

Piano Lessons
Register August 29, 4-6pm (Cordell Chambliss & Carl Williams, registrars)
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.

Senior 55+ Dance Fitness Program
Monday & Wednesday 10:30am – 12:30pm
Registration ongoing. Start anytime. Blank forms are available from the instructors or download here external link. 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. 

 

Ballet  (ages 6-18) registration period over
Monday    5-6pm Primary     6-7pm  Level 1 

Tap  (ages 6-18) registration period over
Tuesday 5-6pm  Primary    6-7pm  Level 1 

Hip Hop (ages 6-18) registration period over
Wednesday 5-6pm Primary    6-7pm  Level 1 

Modern (ages 6-18) registration period over
Thursday 5-6pm Primary    6-7pm  Level 1 

 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
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
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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