Join our Board! 2023-2026 Call for Board Members

Help ensure that the Greenway is a safe, active, and vibrant public space.

 

To apply for a board member position: 

Please submit a letter-of-interest and resume or equivalent to the Nominating Committee at [email protected] by Friday, December 9, 2022.

 

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Gazette October 2022

Tree Planting with SOUL & Friends of Lafitte Greenway

On November 4th and 5th from 9:30am-1:00pm, we will be partnering with SOUL (Sustaining Our Urban Landscape) to plant 200 Cypress trees along the Greenway Trail. This is part of the Greenway Grow! Initiative with the goal of planting 1,000 trees on the Greenway. Last April, we had the help of dozens of volunteers as we planted the first 100 trees! Help us continue this project by volunteering in our future tree plantings to keep the Greenway healthy and vibrant.

Greenway Grow! helps us care for the Greenway's nature plants. You can give here.

Thank you to our sponsors Entergy, and First Horizon for helping the Greenway remain a beautiful environment for all. 

Trick or Treat! 

Spooky season is upon us! Join us on October 31st from 6pm - 8pm at 1971 Lafitte Street for Halloween Spooktacular. Dress up the kiddos (and yourselves) in costumes and walk the Greenway. We will be having a candy giveaway along the trail as a safe alternative to trick or treating. 

We are also looking for community partners to pass out candy to attendees. If you or your business is interested in joining us, please apply below. 

 

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Friends of Lafitte Greenway Launches Executive Director Search

 

Dear Lafitte Greenway Stakeholder: 

Today, the Board of Directors of Friends of Lafitte Greenway (Friends) is launching its search for our next Executive Director.  Earlier this month, we shared that Sophie Harris Vorhoff is stepping down as the Friends’ Executive Director after a decade of service. 

In preparation for the transition, the Friends Board completed an extensive internal evaluation to identify the skills and attributes of the ideal candidate to guide the Greenway’s next chapter. From that strategic plan, the Board developed this job post: Executive Director - Friends of Lafitte Greenway.

Friends is looking for an engaging, dynamic, and driven Executive Director to build on the organization’s 15+ years of success by advancing the organization’s mission, innovating upon its strengths, and carrying the organization’s work forward. Candidates will be tasked with upholding the vision of Friends, a healthy and vibrant Greenway that connects people to nature, their destinations, and each other.

 

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Friends of Lafitte Greenway announces the upcoming departure of Executive Director, Sophie Harris Vorhoff

October 11, 2022 -- After a decade of leadership, Sophie Harris Vorhoff will step down from her role as Executive Director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway (“Friends”) -- effective October 31, 2022 -- to support her family in Minneapolis.

Over the past several months, the Board of Directors has been conducting extensive strategic planning and is looking ahead to the Greenway's next chapter with energy and organization. This fall, the Board will conduct a local and national search for a new Executive Director in order to onboard a new leader in early 2023.

The organization has a strong operating team in place to ensure continuity during this executive transition, led by the organization’s Chair, Reed Wiley, our Operations Director, Camly Tram, and with consulting support from professional Urban Transportation, Land Use, and Design Planner, Matt Rufo.

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Gazette September 2022


Greenway Supernova is coming soon! Mark your calendars.

Thurs - Sat, December 8-10 // 5-9PM

Greenway Plaza and Station, 436 N. Norman C. Francis Pkwy

Apply now to be a Supernova light-based artist. The deadline to apply is September 26th


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends is seeking food vendors and arts market vendors for Greenway Supernova. The deadline to apply is October 31st. Apply now on the Supernova webpage.  Please share with your favorite local food and crafts businesses!

Greenway Supernova Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Click to learn more or contact [email protected]

 

 

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Gazette August 2022

 

There’s so much to see on the Greenway. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer with a bike ride down the trail. 

 

 Bicycle - Free transport icons 1. First stop, “Shine Together” Mural at the  Greenway Basketball Court 

 

Pictured: BElite artists, community leader Jalen Gray, Pelicans player Jaxson Hayes, Derek Curry with Sneaker Politics

Start your ride by visiting the new, vibrant mural on the Greenway basketball court, 1971 St. Louis Street. The “Shine Together” mural was created by BElite youth artists and showcases community and togetherness. On August 20th, the mural was unveiled with a community celebration. Learn more about the Shine Together mural project here.

 Bicycle - Free transport icons 2. Second stop, Greenway meadows

The Greenway meadows have started to bloom at the Greenway Great Lawn, between N. Galvez and N. Prieur, planted by our partners at SPROUT NOLA. Look closely and you’ll be able to spot the sunflowers and sunn hemp peeking through. The initial planting is a cover crop, planted to outpace weed seeds, and prepare the soil ahead of the fall meadow planting. These flowers are putting nutrients back in the soil!

Thank you to the Coypu Foundation Trust established by John S. McIlhenny for their support of our lovely meadows.

The Greenway was featured in this month's issue of the Landscape Architecture Magazine. The magazine touched on the history of the Greenway as well as the Greenway Grow! Initiative plan to plant 1000 cypress trees along the trail, plant pollinator meadows, and care for our green infrastructure. 

Greenway GROW! also proposes specific projects to address area residents’ concerns and ultimately lessen the maintenance the city will have to do. Planting the 1,000 water-guzzling cypress trees, for instance, will create forested areas that will reduce mowing, soak up excess water, add shade, provide habitat for wildlife, and restore parts of the site to something like the cypress swamp it was before it was clear-cut.”

Source: Landscape Architecture Magazine

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Gazette July 2022

 

Art & Basketball

Painting of the mural on the Greenway basketball courts has begun! The mural is led by a youth artist collective -- BeLite. The artists shared about the mural in this news story on Fox 8. The court is currently closed for painting but once open, be sure to stop by and take in the court’s new look.

Thank you to our generous supporters of the project: Sneaker Politics, Jalen Gray, United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Baptist Community Ministries, Jaxson Hayes, Neel Choudhury, and the Brees Dream Foundation.

 

Welcome New Businesses: Bagels & Beer

Need to cool down on a hot day? A new brewery is opening up along the Greenway! Skeeta Hawk Brewery is now open at 455 North Dorgenois Street. Stop by with a couple of friends and see what’s on tap. Skeeta Hawk joins Flour Moon Bagels and Hey Coffee as a hub of local businesses along the Greenway. See recent coverage of on NOLA.com and New Orleans Magazine

 

 

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Gazette June 2022

 


Tyronnisha "Ne Ne" Johnson is joining the team!

Ne Ne is joining our team as our Get Fit Coordinator! Ne Ne shares, "I am super excited to be a part of the Lafitte Greenway family. I'm thankful for this life changing experience being able to interact with communities and nature in a change for the better. Thank you and welcome me to the family, friends of the Lafitte Greenway." You may have seen her on the Greenway trail or attending Get Fit classes. Say hello to Ne Ne at the next Get Fit class. 

 

A Super Summer event 

Join us for a Super Summer event in celebration of Juneteenth on the Greenway in partnership with Young Audiences! Families with children (infant to 8), expect an engaging morning singalong, an interactive workshop experience, and a visual arts craft that children can make and take home with them. This event is free and all children will receive a free book, a snack, an activity packet, crayons, and a surprise special gift. For parents who need a morning boost, coffee will be provided by HEY! Coffee Co.

June 25th

9:30 - 11:30AM

2200 Lafitte Ave.


 

 

Photo by Sophia Germer

Basketball court mural coming this summer

This summer, the BELite youth artists are transforming the Greenway's basketball court with a new on-court mural! Jalen Gray, a community member and basketball player, brought this idea to Friends of Lafitte Greenway and NORD, and we have been thrilled to work with and support Jalen to accomplishing this vision.

The site preparation will begin in July and include a period of court closure. Stay tuned for updates. Posted signage will inform the public of court closure.

 

This project has been made possible by Sneaker Politics, Jaxson Hayes, United Way, Baptist Community Ministries, and Neel Choudhury.

 

 

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Gazette May 2022

Meet Alexis Marceaux - Programs & Projects Manager

We are so excited to welcome Alexis Marceaux to the team as our new Programs & Projects Manager! As a proud New Orleanian, Alexis looks forward to creating programming that celebrates the culture of New Orleans. When she is not biking, walking or working on the Greenway, you can find her performing with her bands Sweet Crude and Alexis & the Samurai at venues all throughout the city. She is excited to fuse her music career and education experience with her position at the Greenway.

1. What is something new you've learned about the Greenway? 

I've learned that each one of the cypress trees we planted on the Greenway holds 880 gallons of water! Imagine what planting 1,000 cypress trees on the Greenway will do to prevent flooding in the neighborhood!

2. What are you most excited to dive into? 

I'm really excited about our green infrastructure projects and implementing new programs that celebrate the culture of New Orleans throughout the year!

3. Where are people most likely to find you on the Greenway? 

People can find me walking and biking the greenway daily and checking on our little baby cypress trees. I cannot wait to watch them grow!

The Lopez Bike & Pedestrian Bridge is Open!

Today, May 18th, Mayor Cantrell, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, project partners, and community members cut the ribbon on the N. Lopez Bridge. This new bridge creates critical safe connections from the neighborhoods, to the Greenway and beyond. 

 

Water Management Feasibility Study

Could the Greenway do more to address neighborhood flooding? This is the question that we are asking in a study underway. Friends of Lafitte Greenway, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the New Orleans Business Alliance, has commissioned a study by Waggonner & Ball Architects to study the feasibility, cost, and impact of adding additional stormwater management facilities to the Lafitte Greenway. Parks have the power to address climate change. Preliminary results from this research are expected this summer. Stay tuned for opportunities to learn more and engage. 

 

 

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Gazette April 2022

Planting the First 100 Trees of the 1,000 Cypress Forest

We’re planting 100 trees on Thursday, April 21st, in honor of Earth Day and you can be a part of it! Join our volunteer groups from Navy Week, Ochsner, IBERIABANK First Horizon, Emmanual Church, and Gulf Coast Bank. Our Greenway Grow! Campaign aims to plant a total of 1,000 Cypress trees and pollinator meadows on the Greenway. 

You can support this campaign by signing up to volunteer here and giving at laffitegreenway.org/grow.

Thank you to our partners at NORD, Parks and Parkways, Spackman Mossop and Michaels, SOUL and Sprout NOLA.  

 

Get ready for GiveNOLA Day - May 3rd

Early Giving for GiveNOLA Day starts next week! Starting April 19th, you can schedule your gift here and help us reach our $35,000 goal.

Your support on GiveNOLA Day, May 3rd, means the Greenway can continue to be a space for people to play and exercise, for trees and flowers to grow, and community to connect at fitness classes, Movies in the Park, and other cultural events. 

If you’re looking to get more involved in the Greenway and GiveNOLA day, email [email protected]

 

 

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