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Greenway Fest is coming!

Get ready for our signature spring event. We invite you to join our friends and neighbors in celebrating our beautiful public space.

Live music • Free • Food and art vendors • Kid zone • Guided walking tours • Drinks • Community partners • Bike Contest • Community Input Stations 


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

    Nyx's Inclusive Playground Opening

    The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is building an all-inclusive playground on the Greenway. It is located next to the Mid City post office and across from the Jefferson Davis Parkway roundabout. It will be a playground for children of all abilities to play and grow. Join us at the ribbon cutting ceremony! It will be a community celebration with food, drinks and music.


    Sunday, January 26th

    10AM-5PM, Dedication at 11:30AM


    Follow the Mystic Krewe of Nyx on instagram for updates!

    Join Our Team! Hiring Development Manager

    We're hiring!

    Friends of Lafitte Greenway is seeking a personable, organized, and passionate fundraiser to join our team. Find more information below.

    Title: Development Manager, Friends of Lafitte Greenway

    Reports to: Executive Director

    General Job Description: The Development Manager will manage Friends of Lafitte Greenway’s growth in fundraising through philanthropic grants, corporate and local business sponsorship, and individual giving. In coordination with the Executive Director and board of directors, the Development Manager will develop and support the execution of an annual fundraising plan. Activities include donor prospecting, donor development and cultivation, grant writing, constituent relationship data management, donor communications, and fundraising event coordination. Responsibilities may also include communications and administrative support functions. This position reports to the Executive Director, and works in close coordination with the Program Director. This is a full-time position.

    Essential Responsibilities/Functions

    Fundraising Planning 

    • In coordination with Executive Director and committees, develop annual fundraising plan with specific and ambitious targets for each fundraising stream: philanthropic grants, corporate and business sponsorship, earned income, and individual contributions. 
    • Activate staff, board members and volunteers to support the execution of the annual fundraising plan.
    • Expand the donor pipeline and grant opportunities through prospect identification and research.
    • Plan and coordinate small fundraising events and donor appreciation events in accordance with the annual fundraising plan. 
    • Support Program Director in planning and executing major revenue-generating events-- including the spring Greenway Festival and fall Greenway Soirée gala.

    Donor Stewardship & Relationship Management

    • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with Friends’ existing donor base through regular communications via email, phone calls, meetings, invitations to programs and events, etc.
    • Represent Friends of Lafitte Greenway at Friends’ programs, external community meetings and events, and in individual donor meetings to build relationships with potential donors.
    • Assist in scheduling and preparing materials for meetings with donors for Executive Directors and board members.
    • Draft compelling donor appeals, blog posts, social media posts, and thank you letters that connect donors with Friends mission and vision.
    • Manage donor data in Nationbuilder CRM database. 

    Grant Writing and Grants Management

    • Develop grant proposals (narrative, budget, and supplementary materials) that articulate the case for support of Friends of Lafitte Greenway in clear, compelling, and persuasive written language.
    • Research potential grants, maintain a calendar of relevant grant application deadlines and reporting timelines, and build relationships with philanthropic donors.
    • Support grant reporting in coordination with the Program Director and Executive Director.


    • Bachelor’s degree required
    • Two to four years relevant work experience in nonprofit development

    Required Skills and Attributes

    • An entrepreneurial spirit with a high degree of creativity, flexibility, and initiative
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to listen, lead, persuade, motivate, convey key messages, respect and diplomatically maintain positive relationships with a wide range of audiences and constituencies throughout the community
    • A passion for our mission and development
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, personable demeanor, and collaborative orientation; a team player.
    • Detail-oriented and organized.
    • Ability to work in a deadline-oriented office in a complex, fast-moving, and changing environment

    Preferred Skills and Attributes

    • Graphic Design experience preferred
    • Proven record of securing successful grants, ranging from $5,000 to $100,000
    • Data management skills preferred. 
    • Event planning experience

    Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience 

    Non Discrimination 

    Friends of Lafitte Greenway is an equal-opportunity employer, and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard for race, sex, color, religion, gender, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, culture, or ancestry. Friends will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate.

    To Apply

    Send an email to by Friday, February 14th with:

    • Resume or CV
    • Cover letter, and
    • Name, title, and contact information for two references


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  • From the blog

    Lafitte Greenway: Where Commerce takes Cues from Nature

    By: Kathy Finn | May 31, 2019

    Source: | Full Article

    In a city where land available for commercial development is scarce, it is refreshing to see a strip of green space not only preserved, but transformed into a magnet for new activity, which is what is happening along the corridor that stretches from New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood through Mid-City.

    The former railroad right-of-way now known as Lafitte Greenway is slowly becoming an oasis of outdoor fun and relaxation thanks to a 2.6-mile bicycle path, with playgrounds and pedestrian-friendly features that have taken shape there. Since the corridor’s opening in 2015, about 320,000 cyclists and pedestrians access the greenway annually, according to automated people counters monitored by local researchers.

    Now, developers who recognize the growing appeal of the green space have begun re-purposing adjacent sites and renovating ramshackle structures into new housing, cafés and bars, with plans to make the Greenway a place where people will routinely come for a refreshing break in the heart of a bustling city.

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    Lafitte Greenway Multi-Purpose Field Closure

    Lafitte Greenway Aerial

    NEW ORLEANS -- The Lafitte Greenway multi-purpose field is currently closed for field reconditioning and to improve the natural grass quality, the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission announced today. Lemann Field, located at 628 N. Claiborne Ave., is available for use nearby until further notice.

    "We want to ensure that all of our facilities are in the best possible condition so that they can satisfy the needs of as many residents as possible. This closure allows NORD to continue to preserve the investment made on the Lafitte Greenway, and we're excited that the field will come back greener and better than ever," said NORD CEO Larry Barabino, Jr. "We want to thank our residents for their understanding." 

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  • Hugh Harris
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