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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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 and New Orleans Magazine



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