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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 

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

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

INDOOR POOL (click here for pool schedule)
Monday through Friday 8am to 7pm
Saturday  9am-4pm
Sunday 2-6pm

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

Joe W. Brown Pool (indoor)
 Fall Schedule

Joe W. Brown Fall Schedule

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.  Jump to pool full rules

Swim Lessons at Joe W. Brown

Build confidence with every stroke! Our swim lessons will not only teach your child stroke development but life long safety skills. 

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

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

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!

Please scroll down for exercise class descriptions.

Monday 8am-9pm
 Lap Swim 

10-11am: Fit and Flex and Lap Swim
11am-3pm:  Lap Swim
3-6pm: Open Swim and Lap Swim
6-7pm: Hydro Fit and Lap Swim
7-9pm: Lap Swim

Tuesday 8am-9pm

8-10am:  Lap Swim 
10-11am: Fit and Flex and Lap Swim
11am-3pm:  Lap Swim
3-6pm: Open Swim and Lap Swim
6-7pm: Hydro Fit and Lap Swim
7-9pm: Lap Swim

Wednesday 8am-9pm
8-10am:  Lap Swim 
10-11am: Fit and Flex and Lap Swim
11am-3pm:  Lap Swim
3-6pm: Open Swim and Lap Swim
6-7pm: Hydro Fit and Lap Swim
7-9pm: Lap Swim

Thursday 8am-9pm
8-10am:  Lap Swim 
10-11am: Fit and Flex and Lap Swim
11am-3pm:  Lap Swim
3-6pm: Open Swim and Lap Swim
6-7pm: Hydro Fit and Lap Swim
7-9pm: Lap Swim

Friday 8am-9pm
8-10am:  Lap Swim 
10-11am: Fit and Flex and Lap Swim
11am-3pm:  Lap Swim
3-9pm: Open Swim and Lap Swim

Saturday 9am-6pm
 H2O Swim and Lap Swim 
10am-12noon: Lap Swim

12noon-6pm: Open Swim & Lap Swim

Sunday 2-6pm
2-6pm: Open Swim and Lap Swim

Fall Aquatic Exercise Class Descriptions

Fit and Flex: Mon-Fri 10-11am
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: Mon-Thur 6-7pm
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.

Hyrdo Fit: Saturdays 9-10am
This ultimate endurance class is based on muscular strength and interval training. Challenge yourself through different stations in the pool utilizing a range of aquatic equipment. This aqua workout will leave you fitter, stronger and more energized.

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








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.

The registration period is over for youth dance classes.  Senior Dance Fitness registration is ongoing. Click on the following links for class descriptions and enrollment information:  Youth classes external link   Adults & Senior 55+ Dance Fitness Program external link

Senior 55+ Dance Fitness Program
Relocated to St. Maria Goretti Church

7300 Crowder Blvd.
Mondays: June 23, June 30, July 7
Wednesdays: June 25, July 2, July 9, July 23, July 30
Fridays: June 20, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1
10:00am – 12:00pm

Registration ongoing. Start anytime. 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

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

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: 8/21/2014 9:50:54 AM

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