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Stop the closing of Annunciation Square Community Facility
  • Petitioned New Orleans Recreational Department Commission

This petition was delivered to:

NORDC Commissioners
New Orleans Recreational Department Commission
New Orleans City Council - District B
LaToya Cantrell
Jackie Clarkson
Stacey Head
Executive Director NORD Foundation
Annie LaRock

Stop the closing of Annunciation Square Community Facility

    1. Petition by

      Escola de Samba, Casa Samba

The NORD parks and facilities are for the people and CHILDREN of the community that they are located in. It is a diservice to close a facility to turn it into office space for the NORD Administration. We are sure that the City of New Orleans can provide more appropriate office space for the NORD Administration.


New Orleans Recreational Department Commission, NORDC Commissioners
LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans City Council - District B
Jackie Clarkson, Councilmember-At-Large
Stacey Head, Councilmember-At-Large
Annie LaRock, Executive Director NORD Foundation
Stop the closing of Annunciation Square Community Facility

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Tonight - City Hall - Come and Show your support!

      The NORDC monthly meeting is tonight in the City Council Chambers, starts at 6:00 pm. If we fill the seats to support the return of programs to the Annunciation Center then CHANGE will happen. Make it a family event!

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. NORDC Meeting Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00pm

      Please help us show how important our community is by attending this meeting.

    4. Annunciation Center Closed - "We Are Not Giving Up!"


      Thank You, Everyone Who Participated In Canvasing The Neighborhood and Attending Each Meeting In Effort To Stop The Closing Of Our Neighborhood Center. Today; Thursday, May 30, 2013, WIll Officially Be Our Last Day At 800 Race St. All Classes Will Be Postponed Until Further Notice. Please Check All Email Postings.

      Please Contact Conceal Woman Latoya Cantrell (504) 444-1109 To Help Move Our Coast Along. We Are Not Giving Up!

      Thank You,
      Ms. Rhaina Foxx

      NORDC closes Annunciation Center amid protest | New Orleans' Multicultural News Source | The Louisiana Weekly

      By Brittany N. Odom Contributing Writer After serving the St. Thomas community as both a recreation center and administrative office facility for several years, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) Annun­ciation Center located at 800 Race St. will revert exclusively to administrative office space in June 2013.

    5. The Louisiana Weekly

      NORDC closes Annunciation Center amid protest | New Orleans' Multicultural News Source | The Louisiana Weekly

      By Brittany N. Odom Contributing Writer After serving the St. Thomas community as both a recreation center and administrative office facility for several years, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) Annun­ciation Center located at 800 Race St. will revert exclusively to administrative office space in June 2013.

    6. Annunciation Square Park History

      During the community meeting on Thursday night we learned from some long time residents that the park once had 2 swimming pools, a tennis court and a baseball diamond. Now NORD has released a press release stating that the center will be closed permanently.

      What can you do to help? Call and email everyone you know and everyone you can reach in the New Orleans government. There must be someone that can help us stop this.


    7. Casa Samba Kids Showcase - May 23, Thursday

      Help us stop the closing of the NORDC Annunciation Center
      at 800 Race street
      Come out on May 23 Thursday night at 7:30pm to see a showcase of kids talent and to talk about the closing of the Annunciation center and stopping programing for kids in the area.

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Coliseum Square asks NORDC for Public Meeting

      Lower Garden District neighbors seek explanations for changes at NORD facility at Annunciation Square " Uptown Messenger

      Amid rumors, protests and petitions, a Lower Garden District neighborhood group is asking city recreation officials to hold a public meeting explaining changes for a facility at Annunciation Park.

    10. WDSU picked up the story on May 17

      Residents petition to keep NORD center

      Plans to turn a New Orleans Recreation Department facility into office space and relocate activities for children has parents fighting to overturn the city's decision. The center located in the 800 block of Race Street offers creative outlets for children in the Lower Garden District community.

    11. Thank you Neighborhood Associations and Everyone

      We would like to thank everyone for signing and sending on to people you know. A big thank you to the neighborhood associations for forwarding our petition. This petition helps us to show the decision makers how important the Annunciation Square Center is to the community and our CHILDREN.

      Today we took a walk through our neighborhood to speak to those that live there and let them know. We are excited to say that the support we received was very poisitve and after a few hours we gained nearly 300 more signatures on paper.

      The local merchants are also assisting us in gathering signatures by posting our flyer in their shops.

      I do not think that NORD realized just how important this center is to the community and children. We are looking forward to meeting with NORD next week to show them all of the support for the programs located in this neighborhood and work together with them to find a better solution.

      Please keep the signatures coming, signatures are powerful in change.

    12. Calling all New Orleans Neighborhood Associations

      If you are part of a neighborhood association in New Orleans. Please ask your fellow neighbors to and associations to forward our petition. If this can happen in one neighborhood it can happen in another. We are all part of the New Orleans Community and it takes us all to effect change with the government.

    13. 14 days to get this decision changed! We need more signatures and comments

      In June we will have to relocate to a room that is approximately 1/3 the size of what we have at the Annunciation Center. Based upon the tour of the Lyons Center on Monday. There was no consideration of where we would store the drums and stilts for the programs that we offer to the kids and community.

      We would like to thank you all for your support and ask that you continue to remind those that you know to assist us by signing this petition.

      Elected and Appointed officials are suppose to be advocates for everyone in the community particularly those that can not advocate for themselves. In this case a representative of NORD Foundation stated that this would be a minor inconvenience for the people in the area. Office space can be gained in places that are designed to be offices. To spend money to retro-fit a recreational facility as an office space is taking money away from the children in addition to taking away a facility.

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. Reached 100 Signatures

      Thank you for signing our petition and helping save this important community center. Our work is not yet done our goal is 300 signatures. Please help us get to this number. It is only through the voices of the community that we will be able to be heard.

    16. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Catherine Mitchell OCRACOKE, NC
      • 10 months ago

      This is where friends have learned capoiera and children have the opportunity to share in fitness and recreation activities.

    • Richard Harris JEFFERSON, LA
      • 12 months ago

      NORD can find other offices/ buildings to occupy. Why this one? Why take away active community programs? Why don't THEY go to the Lyons Center?

    • Stephanie Edwards NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • 12 months ago

      I have been coming to Casa Samba since I was in highschool. It has opened me up to a wonderful world of international music, dance, and inspires team work, discipline and and empowerment. There is no other program like this in New Orleans and NORDC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing unequal opportunities for "some groups" and total disconnect and neglect to others. Curtis's organization has done nothing short of excellent community outreach since it opening its doors.

      People wonder why corruption in N.O. is so bad to the point that it taints community service at the expense of our own children. My best regards to you all.

      ~Stephanie Edwards

    • James Stager ETOBICOKE, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Everyone should have access to the arts and arts education. The effects are profound and long lasting - when you throw a stone in the pond, one never knows how far the ripples can travel.

    • Sabrina Mays-Montana NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • about 1 year ago

      Curtis Pierre, founder of Casa Samba has provided quality cultural experiences to a diverse population for over 12 years. Had it not been for members of Casa Samba, Incorporated, post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Annunciation facility would not be in use today. Curtis Pierre, members of Casa Samba, and a very small staff of NORD employees removed debris, cleaned, secured and restored the Annunication Center. Curtis Pierre cleaned and mopped the floors when the blue tarped roof leaked. He availed himself daily. Casa Samba was the first cultural group to return to our city, in the upper garden , to offer free classes to both children and adults.

      Their participation as part of NORD programing has been deliberately shut out. This is unacceptable and totally disrespectful to an organization that has given so much to the City of New Orleans from 1999-to present.


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