The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission has opened a senior citizen activity center next to the Rosenwald Recreation Center on South Broad Street.
Available to seniors throughout the year, the Rosenwald Annex fills a gap in services, NORD CEO Larry Barabino Jr. noted during a groundbreaking ceremony in late May.
“’Something for everyone’ is NORD’s hashtag, our motto,” he said. “But during the summer months our senior morning programs would stop because we welcome all of our children during the summer programs. One thing I said to our mayor when I arrived is that we need to have something for our seniors all year round.
The 8,500-square-foot Rosenwald Annex at 1140 S. Broad St. features multi-purpose rooms, a music room, a kitchen area, an arts and crafts room, a computer lab, a dance studio, a games room and more. Off-street parking is available. The building also houses NORD’s FitNOLA offices and programming team.
Activities currently on the NORD website include Pilates, Zumba, and other fitness classes on weekday mornings in the dance studio. Classes are free, but reservations are required.
The summer youth programs are located in the main building in Rosenwald, said Barabino.
The annex building is the former NFL-Yet Club, a facility the football league helped build for the local Boys & Girls Club after Hurricane Katrina.
After-school programs will also continue in the building, NORD officials said.
The Boys & Girls Club, which partners with NORD, donated the building to the city last year, Barabino said. The city took it over in August 2020 and spent around $ 100,000 on renovations, officials said, before opening the annex in May.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana and the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Baton Rouge merged to become the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana. Programming in New Orleans is currently at NORD’s Stallings St. Claude Rec Center and Milne Rec Center.
“The annex will serve as NORD’s first facility to host and schedule activities and events for seniors throughout the year,” said Barabino. “We look forward to considerable use and social and recreational opportunities for our seniors. “
Avis Brock, director of community affairs for District B City Councilor Jay H. Banks, was among those who worked on the project. “I am a senior from this community so we are delighted,” she said. “It’s a beautiful installation. Thank you to everyone who helped start this effort.