The Council passed Ordinance Calendar No. 27,995, introduced by Councilmember Fielkow, submitting to a vote of the people in October 2010, a City Charter amendment to establish the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, a public private partnership to govern city recreation.
Specifically, the Ordinance eliminates the Department of Recreation and transfers its duties and responsibilities to the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. The Commission will consist of at least 11 members, appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council. The Council also introduced an Ordinance on first reading, to be adopted at a later date, providing for the composition of the Commission, including qualifications and length of terms of its members.
Andy Kopplin, Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), appeared before the Council to thank Councilmembers for their work on this item, and to express Mayor Landrieu's desire to continue to work collaboratively with the Council to ensure that city recreation meets the needs and expectations of the public.
Council President Arnie Fielkow said, "Recreational opportunities are critical to the quality of life in each of the City's neighborhoods and are directly related to crime, physical and mental health. I truly believe that recreation is one of the most important issues that we face currently in the City, and we hope that, with these changes to the governance structure, we can create more equity among neighborhoods in terms of access to quality recreational programming."