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TrepWork for Good Happy Hour Wednesday
“trepwork for good” is a philanthropic fall event series hosted by trepwise & Eiffel Society to highlight two local non-profits monthly with Pay it Forward Happy Hours. This Wednesday’s “Community Sustainability” themed happy hour will showcase Friends of Lafitte Greenway and our admirable partners at the Urban Conservancy.
Please join us this Wednesday evening, September 28, 6-8 PM at Eiffel Society (2040 St. Charles Ave) to sip on “Dark and Storm-Readys” and “French Drain 75s,” socialize, and support our work. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Greenway Soirée - Next Friday!
Fourteen sensational restaurants. Craft cocktails, fine wine, and craft beer. Swirl and soirée to the Mario Abney & the Abney Effect, and Slick Leo. Next Friday evening, October 5th, savour the start of fall trailside under the twinkling lights at the 6th Annual Greenway Soirée. This celebration helps the Greenway shine.
Tree of Life Mural Trailside at Massey’s
A new tree is springing to life on the Greenway this week, but this one is made of brick and paint. Mural artist, Rick Sinnett, is “planting” the multicolored piece, entitled “The Tree of Life” on the wall of Massey’s Outfitters at N. Carrollton Ave. Sinnett’s piece brings color, energy, and beauty to the trail.
This artwork is an interactive component of the Walk / Bike / Places Conference that came to New Orleans this week. It was made possible thanks to generous support from the Project for Public Spaces, Massey’s Outfitters, and Rick Sinnett.
Hip Hop Kickboxing
This fall, we’ve been piloting a new cardio series on the Greenway! Join us and NDO Energy for all-levels, high-energy, non-contact hip hop kickboxing on Wednesday nights from 6-7pm from until October 10th. We’ll be in the same location as our yoga series - on the Greenway between N Prieur and N Galvez, approx. 2101 St. Louis St. (Next to the new playground!). Bring a water bottle, a towel and a friend, and come ready to sweat!
More information and RSVP: lafittegreenway.org/events
Connect the Crescent Project: Greenway Downtown Connection Demo
Have you biked our Big Easy streets?
This month, we worked in partnership with Bike Easy, the City of New Orleans, and dozens of community partners to create Connect the Crescent - a connected, protected bikeway network at the heart of the city. The project included an installation that improves the connection between the Greenway’s Basin St. trailhead and the French Quarter. Volunteers spent a full day painting protected bike lanes, a contraflow lane, and crosswalks and posting signs.The Connect the Crescent network demonstration ‘pop-up’ will be in place for three months. With over 3.5 miles of protected bikeways installed and improved access and comfort at transit connections, the demonstration shows how our streets can safely and equitably accommodate everyone. Visit a bike lane near you!
Learn more about the demonstration project and lend a hand: connectthecrescent.com
Welcoming Jazmin Castillo
This month, Jazmin Castillo joined the Greenway team as an AmeriCorps Community Outreach Associate. She comes to us with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. A Honduran native, Jazmin can communicate fluently in Spanish and hopes to connect more Latinos to the Greenway. She strives to learn about the community engagement process and to use her design knowledge to intersect ideals of social and environmental equity to create a more inclusive built environment. For her final Senior project at LSU, she assessed the needs of a segregated and disinvested neighborhood in Baton Rouge to propose a design that turned a decommissioned golf course into a community Urban Agriculture food park. We’re thrilled to have her join the team supporting our planning & design committee, community engagement and outreach, and volunteer activities. Welcome to the team, Jazmin!
Gather ‘round ghouls and ghosts-- the spookiest season is here! Join us on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31st from 5-9pm for a spook-tacular Halloween extravaganza. We’re teaming up with NORD for a full night of family fun on the Lafitte Greenway sports fields, between N Claiborne and N Prieur. Bring your friends, family, and neighbors out for live music, dancing, a trick-or-treat costume parade, haunted trail rides, a climbing wall, spacewalks, kids art activities and more!
Fall Movies in the Park: Remember the Titans
Movies in the Park with NORD returns to the Greenway on Friday, October 26th at 6pm. Bring a blanket, a chair, and the whole family for a screening of Remember the Titans, a feel-good family film telling the true story of a newly appointed African-American coach (Denzel Washington) and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. Pre-movie family fun starts at 6pm. The film begins at dusk.
The FitLot Method is back in action this fall. The free circuit training program for adults 55+ will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Mornings at 7:45am on the Greenway at N Roman. Find out more and sign up at fitlot.org/signup. Photo courtesy of FitLot.