Recreation District #1 / Pelican Park is a public entity.  Unless specified, rental of the facilities does not constitute any endorsement, sponsorship, or support by Recreation District #1.  The Castine Center, gymnasiums, and outdoor spaces host a variety of social, civic, educational, and sport events, which are rented without regard to creed, point of view, or beliefs pursuant to the U.S. and Louisiana Constitutions.

The Castine Center 
The Castine Center, the largest event center in St. Tammany Parish, is an upscale venue nestled in the beautiful park setting of Pelican Park in Mandeville. It is conveniently located 6 miles from the Causeway bridge, 2.2 miles from Hwy. 59 and just 5.8 miles from Interstate 12. The Castine Center is ideal for any size event including: Mardi Gras balls, award ceremonies, dance recitals, fundraisers, holiday events, board meetings, educational classes, conventions, festivals, and even dance, cheer or gymnastic competitions. The options are endless and our staff is ready to book your next great event here at the Castine Center.
  • The arena offers 28,000 square feet of clear span area that can be subdivided. 
  • The 3,400 square foot concourse is inviting and can be used as additional space for events when available for patron parties, ticket areas, additional seating and much more.
  • Choose your own caterer!  The Castine Center does not charge to bring in a caterer of your choice!
  • The Castine Center has tables, chairs and staging to meet most needs.
  • A conference center with two 25' X 25' rooms with a movable wall for meetings, training sessions or changing rooms for weddings and special events
  • 3,000 square foot outdoor courtyard with a stage, pergolas with wandering wisteria, iron fencing and beautiful ambient lighting. 
  • 330 parking spaces plus overflow parking lots available
  • Covered porte-cochere for arrivals and departures in bad weather
  • A 900 square foot caterer's warming kitchen with a locked storage area
  • A pair of 20' X 20' outdoor cooking pads adjacent to the kitchen for seafood boiling, bar-b-queing and deep fat frying
  • Two (2) 18 wheeler bays for loading and unloading
  • A 12' high overhead door for access to the showroom floor
  • A beautiful ceramic tiled concourse outside the main arena that is ideal for trade show and convention registrations or cocktail hours preceding banquets
  • Sixteen (16) electrical floor outlets for electrical needs during trade shows and conventions
  • Access to phone and internet services during trade shows and conventions
  • Three sets of men and women's upscale restrooms
  • Staffing provided to maintain trash, bathrooms and lighting during events


Have you seen your new Castine Center? The District had put the project out to bid in June of 2021, and the bid was awarded to Smith Construction of Lacombe at a cost of $2.7 million. The Castine Center renovations included new flooring and sound attenuation in the arena, renovated restrooms, new fixtures, a new outdoor courtyard area, upgraded restrooms in the conference room area, a new family restroom, and skylights with enhanced lighting in the concourse. Additionally, the District added much-needed office and storage space to accommodate its growing staff and needs.

The District worked closely with the contractor to limit the impact on rental groups, leisure program participants, and the general public. Things were a little messy for a while, but it was so worth the wait, fulfilling the current and future needs of the community. The District appreciated everyone's patience and couldn't wait for them to see all the new changes!

For additional information or to reserve your special date(s),
please contact Tracy Roskens at

We want to send a big THANK YOU to our wonderful St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission for these great virtual tours done by Threshold 360! 

The Castine Center Floor Plan: