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friends of lafitte greenway


Our commitment is to foster a vibrant and active greenway that encourages economic development, and links adjacent neighborhoods, cultural features, historic sites, retail areas and public spaces. Opened to the public in the November of 2015, we continue to promote this great public space and host community events and programs. To support Friends of Lafitte Greenway donate today and stay up-to-date with our newsletter!


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    Friends of Lafitte Greenway releases Statement on Housing Affordability

    Friends of Lafitte Greenway #PutHousingFirst on November 3, 2018 for Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance's Put Housing First Rally & March. We walked the streets of the Treme/Tulane/Downtown area to spread awareness and increase community involvement regarding the lack of affordable housing in New Orleans. Gathered on the Greenway, Friends read and officially released a statement on housing affordability prepared in collaboration with our Housing Affordability Subcommittee. 

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    Help ensure that the Greenway is a safe, vibrant, and active community asset.

    Call for board members: 2019-2022 Term | Printable Version

    To apply for a board member position: Please submit a letter-of-interest and resume or equivalent to Friends of Lafitte Greenway’s Nominating Committee at by Thursday, December 20th, 2018.

    About Friends of Lafitte Greenway:

    Friends of Lafitte Greenway was formed in early 2006 by New Orleans community members who saw an opportunity to rethink the city's landscape to enhance livability, environmental sustainability, open space equity, and health. The organization built a network of diverse constituents who shared its vision of preserving the continuous open space in the former Lafitte rail corridor, and developing a Greenway that encourages active living, facilitates economic development, and links adjacent neighborhoods, cultural features, historic sites, retail areas, and public spaces.

    The Lafitte Greenway opened in November 2015 as a 2.6 mile pedestrian and bike path and linear park, connecting neighborhoods from Armstrong Park to City Park. The backbone of New Orleans bike network, the Greenway is now used by 300,000 people annually.

    Friends of Lafitte Greenway (Friends) is the City of New Orleans’ official partner, working together to program, develop, and steward the Greenway. Friends is a community-driven organization, guided by a Board of Directors, members, volunteers, and staff.

    Mission: To build, program, and promote the Lafitte Greenway as a great public space.

    Vision: A healthy and vibrant public space that connects people to nature, their destinations, and each other.

    During your 3-year tenure the organization has big plans to implement our newly adopted Strategic Plan including:

    • Strengthen community engagement and communications.
    • Increase individual giving and corporate support.
    • Grow our partnership with the City of New Orleans.
    • Implement policies, programs, and projects to ensure that:
      • The Greenway is a community-oriented and highly used public space.
      • The Greenway serves as a transportation connector, safely linking neighborhoods and destinations.
      • Nature on the Greenway is beautiful and functional.
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    The Bulldog owner aims to open Lafitte Greenway beer garden in December

    Crews are finishing up work on Wrong Iron, a new beer garden on the Lafitte Greenway from the owners of The Bulldog beer bars. Its owners are pushing to open before the end of the year.

    Herb Dyer, an owner of The Bulldog bars and the Velvet Cactus in Lakeview, said the new spot, located next to Bayou Bicycles, will have 50 beers and 24 wines on tap, a cocktail menu, an area for food trucks to pull up and serve food, and a 5,000-square-foot outdoor patio fronting the Greenway. Parking will be bicycle friendly, with about 60 spots for bikes and nine for cars.

    A slightly smaller enclosed bar area has garage door-style windows, brick walls and wood floors. Dyer noted the interior has an old-time rail station feel in keeping with the bar’s name, which is an old railroad term for a main rail track on which traffic is running in the opposite direction. The Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6-mile linear park and bicycle and pedestrian trail, was long a vacant railroad right of way.


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    Friends of Lafitte Greenway working to extend the 2.6-mile linear park

    Anyone who’s walked, jogged, biked, or otherwise traversed the Lafitte Greenway knows it’s a boon for New Orleanians in general and residents of the six neighborhoods it connects in particular. Developed along a defunct railway à la Atlanta’s Beltline and New York’s High Line, the Greenway has served as a catalyst for business growth and cultural preservation since opening in 2015. Community gardens, bioswales, murals, playgrounds, bike share stations, businesses, fitness parks, and housing developments line its 2.6 miles.

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  • Hugh Harris
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