New Orleans' newest playground

City recreation officials will kick off a multi-day national conference on parks and recreation Sunday (Sept. 24) at the Lafitte Greenway, where they will also mark the expansion of the Greenway's Lemann Playground. The playground set at the base of the Greenway near North Claiborne Avenue netted around $1 million in donated equipment that crews have spent months installing ahead of the national conference.

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New Orleans Advocate: Greenway: On resurgent Lafitte corridor, an industrial relic gains new life

BY R. STEPHANIE BRUNO | Special to The Advocate AUG 26, 2017 - 6:45 AM

When the Morreale family built the Tulane Industrial Laundry back in the 1940s, the area surrounding the business at St. Louis and North Dorgenois streets was largely industrial and commercial.

The giant pumping station on North Broad and a Schwegmann’s supermarket anchored the area, where plumbing supply warehouses and auto repair shops mingled.

After 10 years of vacancy following Hurricane Katrina, the old laundry building is on the brink of a new life as a mixed-use development featuring commercial space on the ground floor and 12 apartments above, thanks to a multimillion-dollar project by GCE Green Development.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate

Full Story: http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/entertainment_life/home_garden/article_df8024bc-8802-11e7-b6bb-7b235f1f0035.html


NOLA.com: Pavilion could replace brake tag station on Lafitte Greenway

Mid-City residents living along the Lafitte Greenway got a preview of what changes could be in store for an old, dilapidated brake tag station near Lafitte Avenue and North Lopez Street. City officials are kicking around designs to turn the brake tag station into an open-air, multi-use pavilion space - though plans for what the building will ultimately be haven't been set in stone yet.

At a meeting held Wednesday evening (Aug. 23), architects with the firm Spackman Mossop and Michaels pitched their preliminary design that would mostly keep the shell of the brake tag station intact. Changes to the roughly 12,000 square-foot structure would include outfitting one side of the building with "rolling"-style doors, putting in new public restrooms, rebuilding the flat roof, installing new skylights, electrical and plumbing utilities, and laying a wooden deck across the "bioswale" lying between the building and the greenway's walking path.

Source: NOLA.com

Full Article: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/08/lafitte_greenway_brake_tag_sta.html


NRPA: Creating a Vibrant Public Space on the Lafitte Greenway

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By Paula Jacoby-Garrett

Since 2008, the NRPA community has been spreading the message of the transformative value of parks by annually creating a park, or revitalizing an existing park, in an area of need through its Park Build Community initiative. Location s of the parks correspond to NRPA's annual conference locations. This year's Parks Build Community project will enhance the portion of the Lafitte Greenway, located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Source: NRPA

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Canal Street Beat: What’s the Future Hold for the Lafitte Greenway?

BY Canal Street Beat Admin • AUGUST 3, 2017 

There’s been a lot of investment and development near the Lafitte Greenwayrecently. From the Edward’s Community’s 383 unit apartment complex , to the New Orleans Redevelopment Fund’s $4 million co-working space development, to Green Coast’s new mixed-use development at 2606 St. Louis, the Greenway has attracted significant private investment.

The City of New Orleans is still investing as well.  In June, the City announced another $500,000 earmarked for the Greenway, with additional efforts to create an outdoor pavilion at North Lopez Street and a clubhouse at Lemann Playground.

But with rising crime across the city and a long way to go, what else is needed to take the corridor over the hump?  The City still needs to remove the filling station at Broad and Toulouse, and more nighttime lighting and less crime are still major barriers to making the Greenway a lasting success. Recent recent articles in the Uptown Messenger  and Nola.com explore.  Check them out.

Source: Canal Street Beat

Full Article: http://canalstreetbeat.com/whats-the-future-hold-for-the-lafitte-greenway/


Curbed: Lafitte Greenway planned developments, mapped

Planned upgrades between now and 2018


BY ERIC CRAIG AUG 3, 2017, 2:42PM CDT

Since it opened in 2015, the Lafitte Greenway has been on a non-stop development track. In fact by the end of 2018, we can expect at least five new additions to the Greenway. These upgrades include community pavilions, playgrounds, added lights, and multi-use buildings.

While the Greenway remains a top priority, take a look at these seven new developments planned on the Greenway.

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If you’re interested in developments happening across New Orleans, check out this Curbed NOLA map.

Source: Curbed New Orleans

Full Article: https://nola.curbed.com/maps/lafitte-greenway-developments-community-plans-construction-map

 


NOLA.com: Dog park could come to Lafitte Greenway, as French Quarter proposal fades

By Beau Evans bevans@nola.com,
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
French Quarter out, Lafitte Greenway in.

Staff with the city's recreation department scrapped a plan for an off-leash dog park in the French Quarter on Tuesday (Aug. 1) and, instead, pitched an alternative plan for a dog park located on the Lafitte Greenway.

That recommendation was delivered during a New Orleans Recreation Development Commission board meeting held Tuesday evening in Algiers, where officials were expected to decide the fate of the controversial proposal for a dog park at Cabrini Playground in the French Quarter. Though the recreation department's board of commissioners will officially decide that proposal's fate next month, Tuesday's recommendation appeared to cripple the Cabrini off-leash plan.

Mentioned for months by staff as an alternative to the French Quarter, the Lafitte Greenway off-leash plan pitched Tuesday would locate a dog park on the site of an old Department of Public Works traffic signal and sign shop. Officials say the shop, located on the Greenway two blocks up from North Broad Street on Lafitte Avenue and North White Street, is set for demolition next year.

Source: NOLA.com

Full Article: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/08/dog_park_lafitte_greenway_nord.html


People for Bikes: NEW ORLEANS’ LAFITTE GREENWAY: A COMMUNITY LINK, NOT A BARRIER

August 01, 2017

By Michael Andersen, PlacesForBikes staff writer

Unlike urban freeways, which have the sometimes deliberate effect of separating neighborhoods from one another, New Orleans is finding that an off-street path seems to be doing the opposite.

The city's Lafitte Greenway, a converted railway that opened just north of downtown in 2015, has become a common road for people of many backgrounds, CityLab reported Tuesday.

Today the Lafitte Greenway is a 2.6-mile walking and biking trail connecting six diverse neighborhoods in the heart of New Orleans, from the French Quarter, where tourists congregate on Bourbon Street, to the city's bayous, where locals chill and host crawfish boils during the spring. Along the way, the greenway passes through the upper-middle-class streets of Mid-City, past a neighborhood made up of Section 8 public housing, past the historically African American music-drenched neighborhood Tremé, and finally, into the French Quarter.

It's that connectivity across socioeconomic lines that greenway supporters say helps Lafitte stand out from other bike paths around the country. Indeed, on any given day along the greenway, you can see hipsters on expensive fixed-gear bikes zoom past young musicians carrying instrument cases on their way to gigs in the Quarter. While in other cities some principal bike paths are geographically confined to well-off neighborhoods, in New Orleans the path runs through them all.

Source: People for Bikes

Full Article: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/new-orleans-lafitte-greenway-a-community-link-not-a-barrier

 


CityLab: Building a Social Scene Around a Bike Path

By SHANNON SIMS AUG 1, 2017

In a city known for bar-hopping, endless festivals, and maybe even a little debauchery, a bike path isn’t the likeliest place for a budding social scene. But in a narrow strip of central New Orleans, the 2.6-mile Lafitte Greenway is poised to become a new hub of activity—a commuter path that’s a destination in its own right.

Historically a transportation corridor, the Lafitte Greenway cuts through neighborhoods rich and poor, linking several of New Orleans’s disparate yet adjacent communities. Since it officially opened in November 2015, the Lafitte Greenway has quickly become the central artery of New Orleans' bike culture. It’s also steadily attracting attention from developers looking to build apartments, offices, coffee shops, and even a place to grab a drink. In March, the city granted its first permit for a pathside bar, and in June officials outlined plans to add sports and art facilities, playgrounds, and more.

According to the latest Real Estate Market Analysis from the University of New Orleans, more than $100 million worth of projects along or near the greenway have been built or are in the works. Before long, the greenway may become a very New Orleans bike path, where cyclists stop to socialize as they make their way around town—whether they’re heading to festivals, to the French Quarter, or just on the way home from work.

It might seem surprising that one of America’s hottest, muggiest cities seems ready for a bustling two-wheeled social scene. Biking here can be a challenge. Even if you manage to dodge the mind-bogglingly large potholes and the roving packs of drunken tourists, the humidity will leave any cyclist drenched in sweat. Still, New Orleans has quickly gained a reputation as a surprisingly bikeable city. It’s small and flat, and residents are increasingly seeing little reason to drive. The city now ranks 10th in the U.S. in the percentage of residents who cycle to work each day, and a new bike-share system is slated to launch this fall.

Source: CityLab

Full Article: https://www.citylab.com/life/2017/08/lafitte-greenway-new-orleans/534735/


The Gambit: It isn't easy being Greenway

As city leaders pass the reins to those charged with maintaining it, what will be the future of the Lafitte Greenway?

By Claire Byun

When New Orleans voters choose a new mayor and City Council in November, the Lafitte Greenway will mark its second anniversary. The 2.6-mile linear park has drawn praise for dramatically increasing the open space avail-able to the public and spurring economic growth in the surrounding neighborhoods. At the opening of the Lafitte Greenway in November 2015, Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the city, "This is yours. You have to take care of it. You have to protect it, and you have to make sure it's here for future generations."

  Almost two years in, the Greenway still inspires the optimism of that moment, but it also reflects the fears of a citywide increase in crime, development interests that displace residents of historically low-income areas and the threat of neglect that in years past has turned some public parks into undertended no man's lands.

The $9.1 million Greenway opened after several decades of dreaming, starting in the 1970s with an idea by civil rights activist Rudy Lombard and architect Clifton James. Following Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures in 2005, Friends of the Lafitte Corridor began a fundraising effort in 2006. It took nearly 10 years to complete the trail that stretches between Armstrong Park and New Orleans City Park and runs through neighborhoods spanning the French Quarter, Treme and Mid-City. Thousands of people now use the greenway regularly — to go to and from work, for recreation and for leisure.

  "Our goals have always been multifaceted," said Sophie Harris, executive director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, "but one of the biggest goals has been to build a space where people could come out and meet their neighbors."

Source: The Gambit

Full Article: https://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/it-isnt-easy-being-greenway/Content?oid=5656122