To the Lafitte Greenway community:
These past months, we have seen the long-standing racial inequities in our country and our community laid bare: in the deadly racial disparities in COVID-19’s impact for Black New Orleanians, in the horrific killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many more Black Americans before them.
As stewards of a public space, we must engage with this reality: Institutional and structural racism plays out in our public spaces, and it is in our public spaces that people bravely stand up in protest to demand institutional change.
We stand with you in anguish, outrage, and solidarity. At the Greenway, we strive to intentionally build community across racial and ethnic differences, to create a space where Black people and all people of color feel safe and welcome. Yet we recognize, to create a truly equitable space, we have a lot of work to do at every level. Thank you to the leaders who have already stepped up to lead this change and who have challenged us to do better.
We recommit ourselves to listening, and working to advance our core value of equity on the Greenway, in New Orleans, in America.
-The Friends of Lafitte Greenway Team
Pictured Above: Mural on Lemann Pool by Young Artist Movement, lead artist Keith Duncan, Welcome Table New Orleans, and hundreds of community volunteers (Credit: YAM)
Temporary Bike/Pedestrian Detours to Begin on Lafitte Greenway between N. Rendon and N. White Streets: June-August
This June through August, temporary bike/pedestrian detours will go into effect on the Lafitte Greenway in the N. Broad to N. Jefferson Davis portion of the trail. The detours are designed to enable safe and continuous trail use while Department of Public Works’ (DPW) contractors, Command Construction, tie new, upsized drainage lines into the St. Louis Canal as part of the City’s Hagan-Lafitte Drainage Upgrades and Green Infrastructure Project.
Friends of Lafitte Greenway has been working closely with the DPW and Command Construction teams to minimize impacts of this important green- and grey-infrastructure drainage project on Lafitte Greenway trail use. To that end, the temporary detours are made of asphalt with gentle curves to ensure safety and ease for Greenway users on foot, bike, and in wheelchairs. Pictured below is an example of 1 of these 4 temporary detours:Read more
Get Fit the Greenway; wherever you are! While regular park and rec center programming is suspended due to COVID-19, NORD is offering FREE virtual fitness classes Monday through Friday. The all-levels, all-ages classes include Yoga, Hip Hop Cardio, Senior Dance Fitness, Body Sculpting and more! Check out the full e-class schedule above and click here to check out more info on the fitness series.
Whether it's in the comfort of your own home, porch, backyard, or even favorite green space, you can enjoy the classes live on Zoom at the scheduled times, or on your own schedule by checking out episodes posted on the NORD YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe for more videos that they post frequently!
To participate, simply go to zoom.us/join or download the ZOOM Cloud Meeting app on your mobile device. Next, enter FitNOLA meeting ID: 334-196-3309 and enter password: BeFitNOLA. Click "JOIN" and enjoy.
We're excited to announce that the City of New Orleans is investing in green infrastructure improvements along Basin St in the coming weeks. Starting Monday, May 19th the parking lane on Basin Street between North Villere Street and North Claiborne Avenue will be replaced with permeable parking. The project will be underway for about 10 weeks.
Permeable pavement helps absorb precipitation and surface runoff, storing it in the underground reservoir while slowly allowing water to infiltrate into the soil below or discharge into the drainage system; reducing street flooding and subsidence. You can find examples of permeable pavement on the sidewalks that connect to the Greenway trail (pictured above). These improvements are critical for New Orleans’ resilience against flooding, and will help us all live with water. Learn more about the benefits of Green Infrastructure here.
Many thanks to the City of New Orleans, Department of Public Work’s Road Work Nola and Mayor Cantrell for investing in the improvements we need for a more resilient future. If you have any questions about the project, contact RoadworkNOLA at 504.658.7623 or email email@example.com.
For more information, read the City’s announcement here.
As the City moves forward with Phase One: Safest At Home of the Safe Reopening initiative, some businesses, parks, playgrounds, and more are beginning to open with restrictions. While the Greenway trail and green spaces have remained open through the COVID-19 pandemic, Phase One includes some loosened restrictions for the recreational spaces on the Greenway, and continues to urge residents to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Greenway Fitness Parks & Playgrounds are now open at N Prieur and Jeff. Davis Parkway. The outdoor equipment is being routinely sanitized for your safety. Do not use shared equipment if you are feeling sick, or if you’re especially vulnerable to infection. If you choose to use these facilities, be sure to keep following the guidelines below. The FitLot, playground, and tennis court at Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center (Greenway at N Miro) remain closed, because they are managed by a private company that does not have the resources to open them safely.
Social Distancing & Safety on the Greenway: Phase One Reopening
- Don't leave home if you’re not feeling well, or if you’ve come into contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms.
- Keep a 6 ft distance from others - The Greenway Trail is 12 feet wide, so keep to the outer edges of the trail and pass one at a time.
- Look for the least crowded path. If your schedule is flexible, try going to the Greenway when it’s less crowded, like early morning and mid-day.
- Don't gather in groups larger than a reasonable household size - this includes sports like basketball, football, soccer, and frisbee that require you to come in close contact with others or to touch a shared object.
- Exercise caution on fitness parks and playgrounds. While these facilities are being routinely sanitized, you should take care when touching anything that other people have touched. Sanitize your hands before and after using equipment, avoid touching your face, and if you can, bring sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces before and after use.
- Avoid water fountains. Instead, bring your own water bottle.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you go outside.
- When you get home, take off your shoes at the door.
- You don’t need to wear a mask while exercising, but if you’re taking the Greenway to get somewhere that will require you to go indoors (like an essential job, a bike shop, the grocery store or your favorite reopened bar or restaurant), be sure to bring a mask, scarf, bandana, or other face covering with you to cover your nose and mouth when you arrive.
- Stay Up to Date! Be sure you're getting reliable information about the developing outbreak: check ready.nola.gov for updates about New Orleans' COVID-19 response.
City of New Orleans Reopening Guidelines
Friend to the Greenway and bird lover David Muth has put together a short list of some of our new bird friends we should forward to spotting along the Greenway! As you read, click the links and photos for more info on our friends.
One of the things that Covid-19 has allowed many of us to do is to slow down and “smell the roses” as it were, right in our own backyards and neighborhoods. If you love birds, New Orleanians are lucky to live in an urban environment that is relatively rich in birdlife. A stroll on the Greenway can often be rewarding as well. To date, 68 species of birds have been recorded. That is pretty modest compared with City Park’s more than 260 species, but City Park is much larger and has been searched for decades by birders. As the trees on the Greenway grow and mature, and as more people spend time birding the Greenway, the list will grow. Click here to see what has been seen.Read more
Starting today, Moss Street is a slow street! We’re grateful for the City’s commitment to creating space for people to walk, run, and ride at a safe distance during the pandemic, and reduce over-crowding along the Bayou-- a critical public space, and key connection between the Greenway and City Park. Learn more about Slow Streets here.
What You Need to Know:
WHEN: Today, May 6 - Monday May 18th
WHERE: Riverside of Moss Street, from Esplanade Ave. to Lafitte St. & Adjacent blocks (see map below)Read more
Ephemera artist @lubazygarewicz reminds us to celebrate nature everyday in this post, beautifully paired together by Luba for Earth Day. It features her art piece "Rooted in Wonder” with a poem by fellow Ephemera artist @cubsthepoet and the photo, taken by @jccotto.
Our people and small businesses are the strength of our community. While we are under the #StayHome mandate in the city to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our small businesses need our help to maintain their operations and support their staff. Here’s how you can help the businesses of the Greenway!
3530 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70119
OPEN - Online or by appointment!
Email bayoubicyclesspecialized.com to set up an appointment for new bike purchases and major service orders. Stay updated with them on Instagram.
Thank you to Michael Ricks, District Director of the Small Business Administration (SBA), for leading an informative webinar on SBA COVID-19 Loans & Resources. Special thanks to Henry Kothmann of the Greater Mid-City Business Association for moderating.
Materials & Resources:
SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
- Where to Apply: COVID-19 EIDL Online Application Form - Use this link to apply for SBA's forgivable loan advance of up to $10,000 and additional loan resources. Applications must be submitted online at this website to be eligible for the $10,000 loan advance.
- Correction: Checking Status of COVID-19 EIDL Application - Out of date information was shared during the April 1st webinar; there is not currently an SBA website for applicants to check the status of their loan application online.
Paycheck Protection Program
- About the Program: SBA Guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program
- Where to Apply: Apply directly through your bank.
We have compiled questions submitted via email and Zoom Q&A, and shared them with the SBA team for review. The SBA team is working to respond to questions not addressed during the webinar. As available, we will post these responses publicly here. Please stay tuned.
New policy guidelines are rapidly evolving. Michael Ricks has generously offered to return for a future webinar as policy guidelines become available. Please stay tuned and let us know if there is particular information that would be useful as a topic for a future webinar at firstname.lastname@example.org.