Gazette March 2023


Gazette February 2023


Friends of Lafitte Greenway is thrilled to announce the hiring of new Executive Director, Jason Neville

Friends of Lafitte Greenway, the nonprofit in New Orleans that stewards the public open space connecting the French Quarter to City Park, has announced their new Executive Director Jason Neville.

Jason is an urban planner and redevelopment professional who has dedicated nearly twenty years of work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to design and implement inclusive neighborhood revitalization strategies, affordable housing innovations, small business support, green infrastructure projects, grantwriting, and arts-driven community engagement. This experience includeswork at the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Innovation Team, and the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Jason is a native New Orleanian, graduate of University of New Orleans’ urban planning program, and has taught in Tulane University’s Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development program.

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Gazette January 2023

Tree Planting with SOUL and Friends of Lafitte Greenway

Join us on as we partner with SOUL (Sustaining our Urban Landscape) to plant the next 100 trees on the Greenway. We have a goal to plant 1,000 Cypress trees as part of our Greenway Grow! Campaign and currently have planted 300 trees along the trail. Volunteer with the Greenway to help us to continue this amazing project.

Thank you to our sponsors Entergy and First Horizon for making this project possible!

February 25th

9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Help us continue this project by supporting the Greenway.


A Day On Not a Day Off

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day, we held a day of service on the Greenway in partnership with NORD. Over 100 volunteers dedicated their time as we mulched the cypress trees along the trail, picked up litter, and painted final touches on the Shine Together basketball court mural. Thank you to everyone that helped out to keep the Greenway healthy and beautiful.

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Greenway 2022 Recap

Check out the great projects the Greenway has been up to this year. Thank you for riding, playing, exercising, growing with the Greenway! 


Gazette November 2022

Giving Tuesday, November 29th, 2022

Giving Tuesday is a nationwide day of giving. As a nonprofit organization, Friends of Lafitte Greenway aims to provide programs to our community that connects them to nature, destinations and each other. This Giving Tuesday, please consider showing your support so we can continue to maintain a healthy environment for all. 



Community Conversations

Interested in learning about upcoming programming on the Greenway? Join us at the Greenway Plaza on November 17th as we discuss future projects that you can be involved in! This will also be an opportunity to bring any questions you may have about all things Greenway that we will be happy to answer.

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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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