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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Norwood Thompson Playground

District B
7200 Forshey Street, New Orleans, LA 70125
Site Supervsor: Wayne Jackson

Mascot: Ravens
Colors: Purple & White

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Free, Fun Physical Activities for all Ages


The schedule below covers March 10 - June 1. 

Activities at Norwood Thompson Park

• All Ages Hula Hooping - Monday 5:30 pm
• Zumba – Tue 5:30 pm
• Youth Hula Hooping (ages 20 & under) – Wed 5:30 pm
• Line Dancing – Thu 5:30 pm
  Plus… Bike Easy workshop and ride – Sat April 12, 9-11 am 

To learn more about Fit NOLA Parks click here.

Team Athletics

March 31: Baseball & Softball registration begins for boys and girls ages 5-14
June 23:  Flag Football Registration begins
July 21:  Football & Cheerleading Registration begins

How to Register:
Register with the site supervisor on the following days/times:
Mondays 7:30 - 9pm
Tuesdays through Fridays 5-7pm.

You can get a registration form from the site supervisor, or you may download one here.  All completed registration forms must be submitted in person to the site supervisor or volunteer coach.

Questions?  Please contact the NORDC Athletics Office at 504-658-3037 or


Norwood Thompson Ribbon Cutting July 11, 2013

The ribbon cutting took place from 2:00pm-4:00pm at 7200 Forshey Street in Gert Town. Renovations include a concession area with a restroom, air conditioning, stainless steel counters and sinks, a basketball court, baseball diamond and public restrooms.

After the ribbon cutting, Norwood Thompson volunteer coaches lead baseball, basketball and softball clinics for the kids.
To view pictures from this event, click here.


About Rev. Dr. Norwood Thompson
1910 – 1983 (age 73)


A life of dedicated, unselfish service to God through service to humanity, epitomizes the full, rich, beautiful life of Rev. Dr. Norwood Thompson, Sr.

Dr. Norwood Thompson was born in Union, Louisiana on December 5, 1910. He was the son of the late Frank and Rosa Thompson.

He was joined in Holy Matrimony on December 23, 1936 to Miss Valtoria M. Armstrong. They were blessed with seven children, ten grand-children, and one great-grandchild.

He accepted his call to the ministry and received his license to preach on April 18, 1939 by Dr. A. P. Fortner. He was ordained a minister of the gospel by the First District Baptist Association on March 5, 1945.

Dr. Thompson received his basic education in the Orleans Parish School system. He furthered his education at the Tuskegee Institute of Alabama. On August 9, 1949 he graduated from the Voice of Prophecy School of Religion in California. The Bachelor, and Master’s degree, and the Doctor of Divinity degrees were conferred upon him by the Union Baptist Theological Seminary. The Doctor of Theology and Doctor of Laws degrees were conferred upon him by Bishop and Butler Universities in the state of Texas.

He served as pastor of the First Zion Baptist Church since August 27, 1951 until April 1983 at which time he became Pastor Emeritus.

As Pastor of this church, Dr. Thompson called enough members to completely fill the church, christened numerous children, united many couples in Holy Matrimony and deposited myriads of souls. He was instrumental in getting many families on the welfare rolls. He was delegated by city officials with parole powers.  Dr. Thompson was known as a builder, teacher, and community leader, as well as a great gospel preacher. He helped people all across our city.  This community has benefited greatly from his contributions. Besides his 32 years of service at First Zion Baptist Church, Dr. Thompson was affiliated with various associations and organizations (to name a few):

  • Member and organizer of the Benevolent Society of First Zion Baptist Church
  • Statistician and Manager of Property for the First District Baptist Association
  • Executive Board Member of the First District Baptist Association
  • Secretary of the Evangelical Board of the F.D.B.A.
  • President of the Alumni Association of the Union Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Secretary of the Minister’s Conference
  • Member of the Louisiana Baptist State Convention, Inc.
  • Member of the National Baptist Convention USA Inc., where he served as Chairman of the Transportation Committee
  • Member of Interdenominational Transportation Committee Ministerial Alliance
  • Grand Orator of the St. Andrew Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons 33 degrees
  • Deputy Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythians
  • Supreme Council 33rd and last degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites of Free Masonry
  • Deputy Clerk of the First City Courts
  • Deputy Constable of the First City Court
  • Member of the Golden Sunrise Benevolent Association
  • Board Member of the Juvenile Delinquent Rescue Association of the W.E. Robertson  Memorial Home
  • President of the New Orleans Rehabilitation Educational Civic Committee
  • Special Representative of all Housing Projects for the City of New Orleans
  • Member of the Advisory Staff of the Reserve Deputy Criminal Sheriff and Deputy Civil Sheriff
  • Educational Liaison Officer of the Division of Houses for the City of New Orleans
  • President of the O.W. Gwin, Jr. Playground, formerly the Sam Fields Playground
  • Member of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Recipient of a citation to the membership of the Police Department of New Orleans, La.
  • Staff Member of the District Attorney’s Office
  • Chairman of the Sub-Committee for the Beautification of the City of New Orleans
  • Member of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Member of Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Member of the YMCA
  • Member of the 16th Ward Neighborhood League
  • Member of the Harrington Improvement League
  • Member of the T.C.A. Board
  • Chaplain of the Helping Hand Social and Aid Club
  • Chaplain  of the Golden Sunrise Benevolent Association
  • Vice-President of the Interdenominational Sunday School Alliance

As a tribute for his Christian humanitarian and Civic Contribution to mankind Rev. Dr. Norwood Thompson, Sr., was honored by the First District Baptist Association on October 29, 1981.

On Saturday morning, December 10, 1983 at 7:35 a.m., at Hotel Dieu Hospital, he stood on Jordan’s Stormy Banks and cast a wistful eye toward Canaan’s fair and happy land, where his possessions lie.

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Last updated: 3/28/2014 2:10:49 PM

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