NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City and State officials, and FEMA celebrated the opening of the new $20.5 million Andrew P. Sanchez & Copelin-Byrd Multi-Service Center in the Lower Ninth Ward.
The new facility replaces the previous community center that was destroyed during hurricane Katrina.
The new Sanchez Center is the first of three new New Orleans Recreation Development Commission recreation centers that will open this year.
Stallings St. Claude Center at 4300 St. Claude Avenue in the Bywater will open in the coming weeks and the Rosenwald Center at 1120 South Broad Street in the B.W. Cooper neighborhood will open in late Summer.
The new center is a two-story, 65,000-square-foot community center for the Lower Ninth Ward. It replaces a 50,000-square-foot community center which was demolished after Hurricane Katrina. The difference in square footage is attributed to the addition of a 25-meter indoor swimming pool, which was not part of the original facility.
Amenities at the new Sanchez Center include: two-story entrance lobby with full height glazing, regulation-size high school indoor basketball court with retractable bleachers and performance stage, commercial kitchen and concessions, exercise room, dance room, game room, senior center, health clinic, multi-purpose classrooms, computer lab, reading room, music room and arts and crafts classroom.
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