Hagan-Lafitte Green Infrastructure Project

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The City of New Orleans has secured funding from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to implement a series of drainage upgrade and green infrastructure projects across the city with a goal to reduce flooding. One such project is in design near the Lafitte Greenway.

Located between the Lafitte Greenway and Orleans Avenue in the Mid City neighborhood, the 33-acre Hagan-Lafitte site is comprised of one neighborhood park and 23-blocks of residential and commercial properties stretching from Bayou St. John to North Broad Street.

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Soirée Auction Announced!

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The Greenway Soirée is just a few days away, and our silent auction packages are looking mighty fine. There's something on these boards to please any Greenway fan! Many thanks to all of the incredible businesses who made this auction possible. Don't miss the auction this Friday!

Auction Section A - Closes at 9:15pm

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Greenway and Jazz Gumbo

Last weekend, we celebrated National Public Lands Day and Bike Your Park Day with the National Parks Service Jazz Rangers. Community members from 5 different neighborhoods came out on a 7-mile bike ride and tour of New Orleans jazz history, Greenway history, and stormwater management. Our guide from the National Park Service, Chandra Teddleton, compared the development of Jazz music to making a gumbo, starting with the roux of cultural traditions from West African slaves and local Creoles.

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Family Gardening classes are back!

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With the onset of fall and more forgiving temperatures, Friends of Lafitte Greenway is ramping back up our garden programming! Last weekend we started a new cycle of our Family Gardening Classes with community partners SPROUT NOLA, Raiz Teaching Garden and the ReFresh Community Farm on Broad Street. 

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Namaste, Y'all!

As Labor Day draws nearer and the sunset inches earlier, we've concluded our summer Hot Yoga Pop Ups. The six week series brought together over 100 people from around the city to build community, de-stress, and embrace the heat and our inner Zen out on the Greenway.


Though a part of our Get Fit the Green Way series, our Hot Yoga Pop Ups were far more than fitness classes! Here’s our biggest takeaways from this incredible series, told through a few teachings of yoga.

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Save the Date for Greenway Soirée 2016

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Friends of Lafitte Greenway hosts the Greenway Soirée, an elegant evening of dining, dancing, and drinks to support New Orleans’ newest green space.

Date & Location 
Friday October 7, 2016 | 6 PM - 11 PM
Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club Roy E. Glapion Reception Hall

Click here for details!

 
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Safe-Tea on the Greenway

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The Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors (CCAP) held the Safe-Tea on the Greenway event on June 10, 2016 to educate community partners, City officials, and community members about safety and awareness at the Lafitte Greenway intersections. Attendees created handmade safety signs and held them up at the intersection of Broad St. and the Lafitte Greenway.

Leonetta Terrell, a Claiborne Ambassador, was thrilled with growing community awareness:“We were effective because of the time of day, rush hour. Let’s keep our community safe and actively work towards a safer New Orleans.”

See more photos of Safe-Tea here.

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Introducing: Get Fit the Green Way

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We're delighted to announce our new program, Get Fit the Green Way. Over the last year, we've hosted a number of one-time community outdoor fitness events on the Lafitte Greenway with great partners like NOLA Aikido, NOLA Capoeira, and others. The community spoke out asking for more free fitness programming, and we listened. We will be hosting Get Fit the Green Way classes on the Greenway at least bi-monthly. 

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Statement on Robbery at Broad Street & Lafitte Greenway - May 16, 2016

On the evening of Monday, May 16th, NOPD has reported that a trail user was stopped on the Greenway and robbed at gunpoint. Our thoughts are with the victim of this terrible crime. The welfare of everyone using the Lafitte Greenway is the number one priority of our organization. Looking ahead, Friends of Lafitte Greenway encourages widespread public use of the Greenway as one of the best ways to help reduce isolated acts of crime. In addition, Friends of Lafitte Greenway renews its commitment to work with local officials to find ways to increase bike security patrols; improve safe and accessible connections between neighborhoods and the Greenway; and explore other investments that can contribute to improving the safety and user experience of our city's newest public park space.

--Sophie Harris, Executive Director, Friends of Lafitte Greenway

 

Media Updates:

May 17th, 2016

9:17 AM The New Orleans Advocate: Two robbed at gunpoint Monday in French Quarter, on Lafitte Greenway; one victim escapes unharmed after gun misfires

11:11 AM NOLA.com: Misfired shot spares bicyclist held up at Lafitte Greenway Monday: NOPD

1:16 PM WWLTV: Bicyclist robbed, nearly killed on Lafitte Greenway

7:10 PM WDSU: Bicyclist robbed, almost shot by gunmen near Lafitte Greenway

 

May 19th, 2016

2:59 PM NOLA.com: NOPD questioning Lafitte Greenway holdup victim's story

 

May 21st, 2016

5:01 AM WWLTV: Lafitte Greenway armed robbery investigation, victim maintains his story
 

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Bicycle Wayfinding Signs Installed

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Navigating the Greenway just got easier! This morning, working in partnership with the City of New Orleans, we installed the first of 35 new bicycle wayfinding signs on the Lafitte Greenway and in the surrounding bike network. These signs include directional arrows and distance markers to help riders and walkers find their way from the Greenway to nearby destinations, and from nearby bike routes back to the Greenway.

Thank you to People for Bikes for their generous support that made this pilot project possible, and to the City of New Orleans for their partnership.

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