NORD Celebrates 75 Years
On September 27, 1946 the New Orleans City Council created NORD (New Orleans Recreation Department) with City Ordinance No. 16,630, going into effect on January 1, 1947 under the administration of Mayor deLesseps S. Morrison. Mayor Morrison was an early advocate for the creation of NORD and maintained his interest in the agency throughout his term in office. By 1949, the creation of NORD was credited to lowering the juvenile delinquency rate in New Orleans by 50%.
Within 16 months of its inception, NORD constructed 58 new playgrounds and 8 new swimming pools. In total NORD had 91 playgrounds, 17 swimming pools, and 8 sports stadiums. From the beginning, NORD offered classes and workshops for theater, dance, arts & crafts, and youth day camps as well as provided programs for senior citizens since its earliest days.
Today, NORD operates over 150 playgrounds, 17 swimming pools, 15 rec centers, 2 tennis centers, 5 teen centers, and 2 stadiums. NORD continues to offer programming for musical arts, visual arts, dance, athletics, summer camps for youth and teens, and programming for senior citizens.