NEW ORLEANS - On February 16, 2017, District "D" Councilmember Jared Brossett joined Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), NORDC Foundation and NOLA FOR LIFE in celebrating the Milne Recreation Center ribbon cutting and grand opening event. The facility previously served as part of the Milne Boys Home, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
The groundbreaking for the project, which Councilmember Brossett attended on November 25, 2013, represented an investment in the future for the children of New Orleans and supported the City's NOLA FOR LIFE initiative. That investment came to fruition yesterday in the Milneburg neighborhood with the opening of this facility.
The NORD Milne NOLA FOR LIFE Center repairs included a roof replacement, conditioning, and a new parking lot. Interior renovations included new floors, carpet, a teen center, exercise room, and the gym's basketball courts were repaired.
With a teen center, boxing and other NORDC programming available, the NORD Milne NOLA FOR LIFE Center will have an incredible impact on the surrounding community and the entire City of New Orleans.
"It truly is exciting for me to see the extent of the improvements made to the former Milne Boys Home," said Councilmember Brossett. "During my time in the Louisiana Legislature, I worked tirelessly with my colleagues to secure capital outlay funding to jump-start renovations. Now, these historic buildings are back in productive use and will provide a great site for NORDC to implement both athletic and mentoring programs for our youth."