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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 October 2021

    Supernova: Celebration and Fundraiser!

    We’re celebrating the year at the Greenway Supernova! We hope you’ll join us for our 3-night outdoor, light-based art exhibit and largest annual fundraiser. Supernova is free to attend.

    December 9-11th, 5-9PM

    Greenway Station and Plaza

    436 N. Norman C. Francis Pkwy

     

    Supernova Sponsorships keep the Greenway growing with native plants, free fitness programming, and trail and park improvement projects.

     

    Join the fun:

    Our Star Business program is partnerships with small businesses to drive foot traffic to these businesses and thank our donors. Become a Star Business by applying above!

     

    This holiday season we’ll have an arts and craft market at Supernova, perfect for picking up holiday gifts. Apply to sell at the market above.

     

    Apply to be a food truck vendor at Supernova!

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    Gazette September 2021

    Ida Clean Up Volunteer Days

    Come join us in cleaning out the trail following Hurricane Ida. We will be staking trees, clearing the bioswales, picking up litter and debris and more.

     

    Greenway staff will be out the following Fridays and Saturdays and anyone is welcome to join!

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  • Upcoming Events
    • Movies in the Park: Tangled

      Friday, November 19, 2021 at 05:00 PM
      Lafitte Greenway Sports Fields, 536 N. Prieur Street
    • Supernova event

      Thursday, December 09, 2021 at 05:00 PM through December 11, 2021
      Greenway Station and Plaza, 436 N. Norman C. Francis Pkwy

  • 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: MyNewOrleans.com | 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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