About Us

Our History

Elected leaders were stirred to change the conditions following Hurricane Katrina to benefit the City’s youth, who had few options to engage in positive and healthy activities. An ordinance, creating the thirteen-member New Orleans Development Recreation Commission (NORD Commission) and the private 501(c)(3) New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation (NORD Foundation) to facilitate investment in its work, was approved by 74% of voters in October 2010.   

Purpose

The purpose of the NORD Foundation is to facilitate investment in NORD to provide equal access to quality recreational opportunities. Our work supports NORD's mission to advance the physical, mental, and social well-being of New Orleanians by providing safe and welcoming environments for recreational, athletic, and cultural experiences. 

A Major Milestone, Achieved!

In September 2017, NORD achieved national accreditation, the culmination of an arduous journey from post-Katrina dysfunction and achievement of an ambitious five-year goal set in our Boston Consulting Group strategic plan. Accreditation assures the public that NORD is implementing national best practices, meeting at least 151 benchmarks of quality.  Only 1% of parks and recreation agencies in the country are accredited, and NORD is the second accredited system in Louisiana, after BREC in Baton Rouge.

Truly, a Public-Private Partnership

A New Infrastructure

 Since 2010, the City has invested $170 million in Capital Project funds to triple the number of recreation centers, increase by 50% the number of active (staffed) playgrounds and grow to 16 aquatics facilities, including three year-round. We now have our first public skate park and our first public dog run!  

Public Funding

Also since 2010, the City has tripled annual public funding for NORD to staff, operate and maintain its expanded infrastructure. In 2017, NORD was allocated funding to manage the Lafitte Greenway.

Philanthropic Support

The NORD Foundation has raised $9 million for NORD programs and to outfit new and refurbished recreation centers and pools. We have a committed,  diverse group of supporters.

NORD Foundation Board of Directors

Officers

  • Louis Lauricella, Chairman - Lauricella Land Company
  • Ernest P. Price Jr., Vice Chairman - Entergy Corporation
  • Norma Jane Sabiston, Secretary - Sabiston Consultants 
  • Melissa Y. Duhon, Treasurer   - Carr, Riggs & Ingram

Directors

  • Robert S. Boh - Boh Brothers
  • Richard F. Cortizas - Jones Walker
  • R. Justin Garon - Silbert & Garon  
  • Lawrence C. Gibbs - Gibbs Construction  
  • Mark Hatfield - Chevron Corporation
  • Scott P. Howard
  • Brandon T. Nelson - Whitney National Bank
  • Cooper A. Manning - AJ Capital Partners
  • John W. Sibal - Eustis Commercial Mortgage
  • Judge Byron C. Williams, Ex-Officio - Chairman, NORD Commission