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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

    gazette january 2022

    MLK Day - a day on, not a day off

    Join us for our 2022 MLK Day of Service 

    Next Monday, January 17


    Meet at Lafitte Greenway Plaza (500 N. Norman C Francis Parkway)

    "Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve... You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Join us for a day on, not a day off. We are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and work by coming together and making a change in our community. We will be painting over graffiti and cleaning up the trail as we work to make the Greenway a more beautiful space.

    Make sure to wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing that you don't mind getting dirty, and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

    This event will continue in light rain and be canceled in heavy rain.


    Save the date for the Annual Membership Meeting

    Greenway Members, please mark your calendars for our Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 26th, 5:30-6:45 PMThis meeting will be held on Zoom due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

    A Zoom meeting registration link will be emailed out to all Greenway members. For assistance registering, please email [email protected]

    At this meeting, we will elect new members to our Board of Directors, review accomplishments from 2021, and set the stage for 2022. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the Greenway team.

    join or renew your membership

    Please join or renew your membership to vote in our board elections.

    All current members that attend the Annual Membership Meeting are eligible to vote.

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    gazette november 2021

    This Friday: Watch Disney’s Tangled on the Greenway

    Join NORD and Friends of Lafitte Greenway this Friday evening for a movie in the park: Disney’s Tangled. Bring your own blanket, chairs, and snacks for a FREE movie night. Blue Bikes will be joining us for a helmet giveaway. Enjoy the spectacle of the crew from Human Horse Racing.

    Friday, November 19th

    Lafitte Greenway sports fields

     1971 Lafitte Street // The Greenway's Baseball Field @N Prieur


    Greenway Supernova: Music, Light-based Art, Holiday Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink

    We recently announced the remarkable lineup for Greenway Supernova, December 9-11, 5-9PM at the Greenway Plaza & Station. Supernova features 12 light-based artworks, a craft market, and local music.

    Supernova is free, and your gift supports the Greenway's growth in the year ahead.


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  • Upcoming Events
    • Annual Meeting

      Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 05:30 PM
      Zoom - link emailed to Greenway Members

  • From the blog

    Mid-City streets and trails see a cycling boom

    By Katherine Hart 

    May 13, 2020

    A ray of good news has appeared through the gloom of the coronavirus pandemic: More New Orleanians are getting on their bikes and enjoying local trails and greenspace.

    It’s a phenomenon many have noticed since the stay-at-home restrictions began, whether they’re among those getting out to exercise or among those observing the world from their porch or front window . Now there’s data to support it. A sustained rise in biking and walking counts has been recorded throughout the stay-at-home order by the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute.

    The institute records data on pedestrian and bicycle activity from permanent, continuous counters in key locations throughout the region .

    “It appears that many people are discovering or rediscovering the bicycle during this time of significantly disrupted travel behaviors and traffic patterns,” said Tara Tolford, research associate and pedestrian and bicycle outreach coordinator at UNO Transportation Institute.

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    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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