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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!


  • From the blog

    Green Spot: Derek Wilson

    Derek Wilson is one of our Greenway Ambassadors. Born and raised in New Orleans he is excited to be involved with the Greenway. Derek walks on the Greenway about 2-3 times a day for exercise and for transport and is also an active participant in the morning group exercise classes on the FitLot . Aside from Greenway activities, Derek is also involved with a program called Krewe de Lose, a peer-led group focused on healthy lifestyle changes. Derek says that his favorite part about the Greenway is the plants and the peace that it provides. One of his favorite things about being an ambassador has been learning about the green infrastructure that is on the greenway in the form of bioswales and trees.

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    Green Spot: Annalisa Kelly

    Did you make it out to our 12th Annual Hike the Lafitte Greenway? If so you probably saw Annalisa (Annie) Kelly,  the chair of our Hike planning committee, along the route!  Annie has been heavily involved with Friends of Lafitte Greenway since volunteering as a trailblazer at the Hike in 2012; She’s a long-time member, former board member, dedicated volunteer and frequent Greenway user.

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  • From the blog

    "Urban Parks' Emerging Role as Transportation Infrastructure"

    By: Catherine Nagel (Contributor) and Kari E. Watkins (Contributor) 


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    In recent decades, once-struggling cities have been reimagining themselves by evolving from 20th-century-style manufacturing centers to 21st-century hubs of commerce and culture. While each city realizes its own evolution in its own way, one important ingredient of these transformations is consistent among them all: city parks. Like the cities that house them, urban parks take on different forms, from signature downtown parks to reclaimed industrial railways and corridors. Now these corridors, or linear parks, are coming to be recognized as an important part of modernized transportation systems, connecting neighborhoods and residents to new opportunities.

    In New Orleans, for instance, residents use over 100 miles of walkable, bike-able pathways every day. Before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, New Orleans had just 10 miles of trail. In 2009, the city received $9.1 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Disaster Community Development Block Grant program, making the transformation of the Lafitte industrial corridor into the Lafitte Greenway possible with help from the Friends of Lafitte Greenway.

    In 2015, its first full year of use, 272,000 people walked or bicycled the Greenway. That's an impressive number, but it contained a surprise: A study by the Georgia Institute of Technology showed that 80 percent of weekday morning and afternoon cyclists use the Greenway not for recreation but for transportation to and from work, school and shopping.

    Linear parks like the Lafitte Greenway demonstrate what is possible when we fully consider the role of parks as transportation infrastructure. The Greenway concept is a roadmap to a more sustainable future for New Orleans, supporting public health, recreation, stormwater management, neighborhood investment and job opportunities through connections to low-cost public transportation.

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    Biking through New Orleans: City's bike-share launches in December with 70 locations

    By: Jessica Williams | November 10, 2017

    Source: New Orleans Advocate | Full Article

    By this time next month, residents and tourists in New Orleans will be able to pick up a bicycle at one spot in the city and drop it off at another, the realization of a lengthy effort to diversify public transit in the city.

    Officials this week revealed the 70 locations where 700 bicycles will be available as part of the city’s first bike-sharing program, scheduled to start in December.

    The sites are largely concentrated in the Central Business District, French Quarter and other neighborhoods along the Mississippi River, with some in Treme and near City Park.


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