A local fitness buff saw a way to make the city healthier and deter crime, all with one building: the FitLot.
While the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood surrounding the Laffite Greenway is notorious for it’s crime and poverty-stricken population, Adam Mejerson, local fitness expert, and the ReFresh Project are working to change that image.
The ReFresh Project is a coalition of 40 health organizations devoted to providing healthy and accessible foods to people in the Broad Street and Treme areas. Mejerson’s FitLot, a free fitness center open to the public, will complement the project by adding a physical fitness element to the initiative.
Source: Loyola University-The Maroon
If this weekend had a color scheme, it’d be pink and green. Actually, make that pink and greenway. The Orpheum Theatre screens “Pretty in Pink” in honor of its 30th anniversary (do you feel old yet?), while the Lafitte Greenway encourages participants to explore New Orleans’ wild side. The Julia Street art walk rings in the new month, CeeLo takes Tipitina’s, dachshunds race at the Fairgrounds, and Lark in the Park benefits our other favorite urban green space, City Park.
Mardi Gras may be over, but the fun is only just getting started in New Orleans. Springtime in NOLA means crawfish, live music, outdoor adventures and all the festivals you could ask for. And while it’s still chilly in many parts of the country, there’s no better time to explore the city and soak up the beautiful weather, NOLA-style.
To help you get the best of the season, we’ve put together a list of our favorite springtime activities:
#7 Hike, Bike and Stroll
New Orleans is a very walkable city and you can see all the best sights by bike or foot! Hike the brand new Lafitte Greenway, or checkout Bayou St. John or Crescent Park in the Bywater for a beautiful view along the riverfront.
Source: New Orleans Online
Crews will start work this spring tearing down empty warehouses along a stretch of the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City where investors have proposed a high-end housing and retail development. Sidney Torres IV, owner of IV Capital, the venture capital group behind the proposal, said Wednesday (Feb. 24) that plans for the development still need to be finalized and vetted by the community, but he is optimistic construction could start before the end of this year.
Source: The Times-Picayune
Here’s a great example of magical thinking. For years, hundreds of us have been tromping through Treme, Lafitte, Mid-City, all the way to Lakeview, as part of an annual ritual. We’ve been tracing a path that exists only in our collective imaginations, picking our way through weeds and brambles, following a dream, chasing a vision.
And now, after nine repetitions of this yearly rite, the fantasy has been made real. The ground beneath our feet has been transformed. We’ve walked this trail right into existence.
Source: Mid-City Messenger
Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2016/02/22/13328/
Cyclists can take advantage of new bicycle racks along New Orleans' Lafitte Greenway.
The City of New Orleans, Friends of Lafitte Greenway and the Young Leadership Council partnered to install 28 racks. "Providing bike racks promotes healthy living and economic development along the Lafitte Greenway," said Sophie Harris, Executive Director of the Friends of Lafitte Greenway. "Over 600 people use the Greenway daily. These quality bike racks encourage folks to use their bikes to visit the local businesses, parks and playgrounds along the Greenway."
Source: KSLA News 12
SATURDAY, MARCH 5
HIKE THE GREENWAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Basin Street Trailhead. Hike the Lafitte Greenway from Basin Street to Bernadotte, a 3-mile walk guided by Greenway Ambassadors. Block Party at conclusion, with music and free shuttle back to Basin Street. Free. (504) 702-6776, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: The New Orleans Advocate
Cycling Three Ways (Slow, Serious, Scenic)
Visitors to New Orleans this Mardi Gras season will find a new and as yet unbeaten path in the city. The Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path is a 2.6-mile linear park that links several neighborhoods, from the French Quarter and Treme to Bayou St. John and Mid-City. Originally a canal site and later transformed by a railroad, the new park includes a 12-foot-wide asphalt path for cycling, running and walking, as well as new recreation fields and over 500 newly planted trees.
Source: The New York Times
According to organizers, the event has been hosted many times in previous years, but this year will be the first hike on the Greenway since it has been officially open in September.
Sophie Harris, Executive Director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, said this year the event will have a “celebratory twist to the typical event.”
Source: Mid-City Messenger
Seems like we've barely recovered from Christmas and New Year's, but it's already Carnival time, with Mardi Gras falling early this year, on Feb. 9.
Carnival, from the Latin, means "farewell to the flesh." Mardi Gras — which literally translates as Fat Tuesday — is the deadline for finishing off all the goodies in the house before the beginning of Lent, a period of austerity leading up to Easter.
The Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and green corridor linking the French Quarter's Armstrong Park to City Park in mid-city, opened in November. (Stay on the asphalt, please, to coddle turf and other plantings that are late taking hold because of rain.)
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune