NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - City officials, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and FEMA announced the opening of the new $2.3 million Rosenwald Pool and Pool House at 1120 S. Broad St. in the B.W. Cooper neighborhood. The former pool and pool house were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
The new Rosenwald Pool is a 3.6 to 5 feet deep, 85,000 gallon swimming pool that is furnished with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant equipment. The 2,500-square-foot pool house features separate male and female changing areas and outdoor shower stations. In September of 2015, the City celebrated the opening of the new $8.5 million Rosenwald Center.
This summer, the City opened eleven outdoors pools in addition to the three year-round indoor pools operated by NORDC. Today, including the new Rosenwald Pool, there are 15 pools open to the public. From now until Sept. 4, 2016, the Rosenwald Pool will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The original Rosenwald Center and Pool was built in 1950 and at the time was New Orleans' only major recreation center to serve African American youth. The center and pool are named for philanthropist, community leader and civil rights activist Edith Rosenwald Stern.