Data News Weekly Staff Edited Report
The New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) Commission kicked-off its 75th Anniversary as a City agency and announced the renaming of Behrman Park as the Morris F.X. Jeff Sr. Park. Mayor LaToya Cantrell was joined by Larry Barabino, Jr., NORD CEO, Kristin Palmer, District C City Councilmember, Jolene Jeff, Daughter of Morris F.X. Jeff, Brian Egana, NORD Commission Chair, Theo Sanders III, District C NORD Commission Chair, as well as representatives from the community to honor Jeff’s legacy with NORD and longstanding contributions to youth and family recreational programming for all residents of New Orleans.
“It really is an exciting day for our city, but more importantly for our New Orleans Recreation Department. Additionally, it’s an exciting day for the renaming of Behrman Park to F.X. Jeff Park,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “We’ve learned a lesson about how NORD is absolutely vital, a central core of resources in terms of meeting people where they are. There is something here for everyone.”
“The evolution of NORD over 75 years from a recreational outlet to now also being an essential arm for the city in post disaster recovery and the pandemic is outstanding. It contributes to our vision to be a sustainable and innovative organization that transforms lives,” said Larry Barabino, Jr., NORD CEO. “And now seeing Behrman Memorial Park being renamed to the Morris F.X. Jeff, Sr. Park demonstrates the City’s commitment to recognize those who paved the way while looking towards the future. I look forward to having our residents participate in all of the activities NORD plans on hosting in 2022 to commemorate 75 years and I cannot wait to see what the next 75 years entails.”