The Tremé Recreation Center pool and gymnasium will be closed for repairs during the summer recreation season. The City has closed the gymnasium and pool to address a range of construction-related issues and to ensure accessibility and safety for facility users.
The Tremé Center, located at 900 North Villere Street, New Orleans, LA 70116, will remain open to the public for all other facility uses including the multipurpose rooms, dance studio, second floor mezzanine, second floor fitness center, arts and crafts room, music room, and playground areas. The Tremé Center will continue to host the scheduled Tambourine and Fan summer camp.
During the suspension of pool and gym activities, the City has made the following accommodations to continue programming for the public and summer camp participants:
- Youth participating in six summer camps will continue swim classes without a reduction in swim days at alternate NORDC pools including Lemann Pool (536 N. Prieur St.), Stallings Gentilly Pool (1600 Gentilly Blvd.), Sampson Pool (3100 Louisa St.), A.L. Davis Pool (2600 La Salle Street), and Taylor Pool (2600 S. Roman St.). NORDC will cover all transportation costs to alternate locations as necessary.
- An additional water aerobics class has been added at Joe W. Brown Pool (5601 Read Blvd.) from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Monday – Friday to accommodate Treme Center water aerobics class participants. The City will provide a free shuttle daily to and from the Treme Center to Joe W. Brown Pool for citizens wishing to attend this evening water aerobics class; the shuttle departs from the Tremé Center at 5:15 p.m.
- The Tambourine and Fan Summer Camp will begin on Monday, June 9, 2014 and operate for 9 weeks until Friday, August 8, 2014. In partnership with the camp operator, the City has made accommodations to direct activities to the Treme Center’s multi-purpose rooms, dance rooms, second floor mezzanine and playground area. Breakfast and lunch will be held at Craig School. Craig School will also have 6 rooms available for use by Tambourine and Fan.
Activities at the gym and pool will resume once construction-related issues are permanently resolved. Where necessary, the City is assessing legal remedies with contractors.
In April 2013, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City officials, and FEMA reopened the two-story community center in the historic Tremé neighborhood after a $6.02 million renovation. The facility was originally built in the mid-1970s, previously sat idle after being damaged during Hurricane Katrina until the City completed design and began rehabbing the facility in January 2012.
In March 2014, in response to user complaints regarding the pool area and gym floor, the City engaged with the project architect and contractor to address identified design and construction-related issues. Before today, the City suspended activity in select spaces in the Tremé Center during two phases:
- From March 17 – May 5, 2014, the City suspended swimming at the Tremé Center to replace the pool deck and perform improvements to the pool locker rooms. During this time, the contractor remediated a non-hazardous mold growth on the pool ceiling which had been caused by an equipment malfunction in the pool area. An air quality test was conducted as a follow up which determined that the pool area was safe to occupy. The contractor also selectively regraded areas on the pool deck to address issues of standing water and water ponding in the men’s and women’s locker rooms. Additionally, the locker room floors were regraded and select areas of the locker rooms were repainted.
- On May 19, 2014, the City suspended all play in the gym to install a rubber transition strip around the perimeter of the gym floor. The new transition strip, with a lower profile than the previous aluminum transition strip, was installed to accommodate different elevations in the Gran Sprung floor. The City is continuing suspension of services in order to provide a permanent solution to elevation levels and depressions in the gym floor.
The City is committed to seeing this project through to the end and where necessary, assessing its legal remedies with the contractors. To ensure cooperation, the City is currently withholding funds from the contractor until the repairs are completed. The City will not accept the repairs as completed until it is fully satisfied.
Since Mayor Landrieu took office in 2010, the City of New Orleans has invested nearly $134 million in 106 NORDC projects across the city and doubled the public funding for NORDC. NORDC operates 127 facilities, including 11 outdoors pools which open during the summer and 8 recreation centers which are open for programming year-round. For hours and class schedules, visit www.nola.com/nordc.
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