NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City officials and FEMA reopened the newly renovated, $5.6 million Tremé Center at 900 North Villere Street in the historic Tremé neighborhood. Recreational activities at the two-story, Tremé Center include a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, locker rooms with showers, fitness room, multipurpose meeting room, stage and dressing rooms, arts & crafts areas, and concession. New work includes repair of storm damage from Hurricane Katrina as well as facility improvements to address accessibility and safety.
“When construction began on the Tremé Center in January 2012, we promised that we would build it back better than before and today we are delivering on that promise,” Mayor Landrieu said. “As one of my Administration’s committed capital projects, this recreation center will once again be an important gathering place for young and old alike just in time for NORDC summer programming. This building is a symbol of what is possible when we work together to create the city we always dreamed of.”
Indoor repairs include replacement of the swimming pool and pool equipment, installation of a new computer lab and music room, new Grandsprung gymnasium floor, new collapsible bleachers, and electrical system upgrades. Outdoor repairs include painting, installation of new hurricane resistant doors and windows, reroofing, and installation of new playground equipment.
City Council President Stacy Head said, “I’m excited that the Tremé Center is reopening and will once again be home to many cultural and educational events and activities for the Tremé neighborhood.”
District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer said, “This is a great day for the Tremé neighborhood and for the City of New Orleans. It is important that residents of all ages have a place in the community to participate in recreation and the arts. I applaud the Administration, NORDC, and all community partners who have come together to make the re-opening of this center a reality.”
District D Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell said, “The Tremé Center is a vital part of New Orleans, and it’s wonderful that it will be available to the community again. This is one more step towards normalization after Katrina.”
District E Councilmember James A. Gray II said, “The Tremé Center will be a strong anchor for the Tremé community providing vital localized services for generations of residents. This new center will provide elderly services, daycare, and recreation for young people, all within walking distance.”
FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery Office Deputy Director of Programs Andre Cadogan said, “Today’s reopening of Tremé Community Center represents another significant recovery achievement for the city of New Orleans. This restored recreational facility will serve residents for many decades to come. As the city moves closer to a full recovery from Hurricane Katrina, FEMA remains committed to assisting its state and local partners through the coordination of federal assistance.”
New Orleans Recreation Development Commission CEO Vic Richard said, “This is such a proud day for this community and the entire city. With this new and improved Tremé Center, the children and families of this area will have a state-of-the-art recreation center again. We will be able to provide opportunities and resources to strengthen our community and build back better than before.”
Deputy Mayor of Facilities, Infrastructure, and Community Development Cedric Grant said, “The Tremé Center is an important anchor for the Iberville, Tremé, and Lafitte communities. With its proximity to the Joseph A. Craig Elementary School and Armstrong Park, reopening the Tremé Center is an important component of the City’s place-based strategy for community development. This is a place where young people can feel safe and focus on their future.”
Funding for the Tremé Center came from FEMA public assistance, State Capital Outlay Funds, City Bond Funds, Insurance, and City Capital Funds. It was designed by Hamilton Anderson Associates of New Orleans and built by Icon Construction Group, Inc. of Metairie. The DBE contractors on the project included Boines Construction & Equipment, Jesco Enterprises, Inc., and Memo Painting.