Update: The Lyons Center which is located at the corner of Tchoupatoulas and Louisiana Avenues is reopening today, June 3, 2013 after a 4.9 million dollar renovation. The Lyons Center has been closed since Hurricane Katrina…The Lyons Center has an outdoor pool with swimming lessions, a dance studio and basketball courts. For full information,
There is a large vacant building at the corner of Tchoupatoulas and Louisiana Avenues, facing Louisiana. The building has been vacant since Hurriane Katrina and to find out what is going and planned with this building has taken quite a bit of time and digging around. Part of the Lyons Center has been rebuilt and the playground and pool has reopened thanks to the generous support of the Drew Brees Foundation.
In contacting the New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation I am told that this building will be rebuilt and the facility will reopen by the end of the year. There will be baseball, soccer in the future, football, basketball, recitals, summer camp and swimming. It will be open in evenings until 10pm with center and field activities ending at 9pm. Few individuals who live in the area are aware of these plans and there is no information on the internet either. I am told that post Katrina the NORDF also needs to rebuild and their plans are not online as of this time.
There is a website and I am not sure I understand why a list of projects and plans are not readily available for the public however that’s the way it is. Below is a video of the opening of the Little Hands Playground which is part of the Lyons Center, which reopened in 2008.