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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

Rec Center Manager: Johnie Burks

Athletics Site Facilitator: Ryan Smith
Tennis Center Manager: Kamal Simmons
Mascot: Spartans
Colors: Red & Columbia Blue

JWB Victory Gym closed for court maintenance
The work began on March 16 and is anticipated to take between two and four weeks. The rest of the rec center is open, including the practice gym and activity rooms.

Important information about JWB front gate
Due to structural safety concerns, the bridge just before the rec center is closed to vehicular traffic until further notice.  People on foot may use the bridge during the repair period, unless otherwise noted. The parking lots across from the tennis center are available since as they are located before the bridge. To access the recreation center, pool, Victory Track, Victory Field Stadium, and Spartan Field, please use the back entrance on Read Blvd, just before Dwyer Road.

Hours of Operation 

The gates are open Mon-Fri 7am-9pm and Sat-Sun 7am-7pm.

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

Monday through Friday 8am to 9pm
Saturday  9am-6pm
Sunday 2-6pm

Monday through Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday closed for maintenance
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

Team Athletics

For details about team athletics, please click here. 


Activities & Classes

The Joe W. Brown Victory Gym is closed for court maintenance.The work began on March 16 and is anticipated to take between two and four weeks. The rest of the rec center is open, including the practice gym and activity rooms.

Youth Basketball Free Play (Practice Gym)
Monday & Wednesday 1pm-6pm

Adult Exercise with Teddy Harkness
Tuesday & Thursday 7pm-8pm
Drop in anytime on this fun and invigorating and fun class!  Teddy Harkness, the jovial instructor, leads the class through cardio moves and core strengthening exercises.  Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace.   

Piano Lessons (Full Capacity)
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.

After School Dance Classes Sept.- May 15 for ages 6-18
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  Monday 5-6pm Primary and 6-7pm  Level 1 
Tap  Tuesday 5-6pm  Primary and 6-7pm  Level 1 
Hip Hop  Wednesday 5-6pm Primary and 6-7pm  Level 1 
Modern Thursday 5-6pm Primary and 6-7pm Level 1 


Senior Dance Fitness ages 55+
Monday and Wednesday  10:30am-12:30pm

Class Description:  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. 

Details:  Registration ongoing. Start anytime. Blank forms are available from the instructors or
download here. Comfortable dance or exercise attire is recommended.  Bring a yoga or exercise mat. (A few are available to borrow on a first come basis.) Schedule is subject to change. Classes filled on a first come, first served basis. For more information about Senior Dance Fitness, please contact Susan Bensinger at  or 504-522-0996, ext. 207.



The purpose of STEM NOLA is to expose, inspire and engage the community in the opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  “STEM Saturdays with Dr. Mackie" is one component of STEM NOLA that will provide city wide family and community based hands-on academic each month. details


  • May 9, 2015 - Joe W. Brown Park
  • July 11, 2015 - Lyons Center
  • August 8, 2015 - Treme Center
  • September 12, 2015 - Sanchez Center
  • October 10, 2015 - Cutoff Recreation Center
  • November 14, 2015 - Lyons Center
  • December 12, 2015 - Joe Brown Park



 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 for maintenance
Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm

Court Mon-Fri before 4pm: $5 per hour
Court Mon-Fri after 4pm: $7 per hour ($5 per hour for City of New Orleans employees with ID)
Court Sat-Sun: $7 per hour
  • Check in at the Tennis Center building next to the courts.
  • No reservations. First-come, first-served.

Tennis Clinics - registration ongoing
Adult Beginner • Tue & Thu 6-7:30pm now through August 27

Adult Cardio Tennis  • Wed 6‑7pmnow through August 26
(Students may bring water bottle, mats, arm and/or leg weight)

10 and under • Saturday 11am-12noon now through August 29



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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Last updated: 4/22/2015 8:30:00 AM

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