Introducing our 2021 Greenway Ambassadors
We are excited to announce that we have welcomed this year’s Greenway Ambassadors class.
Meet John, Tapica, Jeffrey, Nakeetha, Vanessa, Erica, and Layla. You’ll be seeing them as they get involved with supporting the Greenway and creating their Ambassadors project!
We’ve hit the ground running with three ambassadors trainings. One of these trainings was a tour led by Ramiro Diaz from Waggoner and Ball and Danielle Duhe of Dana Brown & Associates, highlighting stormwater infrastructure. We talked about New Orleans’ canals, pumping stations, and green infrastructure parks that represent the past, present, and future of water management in the city, and the Greenway’s role in our city’s relationship with water. Rob Henig Bell of Bike Easy shared about the Complete Streets Coalition and approaches to community organizing.
Thank you to the Foundation for Louisiana for making this program possible.
Join us for a Katrina Anniversary Volunteer Day
Come and bring a friend to this year’s Katrina Anniversary Volunteer Day on the Greenway.
Saturday, August 28th
Greenway Plaza - 500 N. Norman C. Francis Pkwy
We will be picking up trash, cutting down overhanging branches, and clearing invasive species from our bioswales.
If you have extra pruners, hand saws, and trash pickers...bring them along!
Remember to bring:
-Water bottle (it will be hot!)
-Closed toe shoes
-Pants, not shorts (to protect your legs from overgrown vegetation)
-Clothes that you don't mind getting dirty
We will be excited to see you out there! The Greenway Stewardship Program is supported by Archer Daniels Midland, Cox, and the EPA Gulf of Mexico Division.
Summer is Still On and So is Get Fit
Don’t forget to catch the remaining Get Fit classes of the summer series!
Check out what we have going on:
Hot Yoga with The Ohm Well
Monday, August 23
Greenway Great Lawn
2101 St Louis St
Yoga Afro Beats Flow with The Ohm Well
Tuesdays through September 14
Brake Tag Station
436 N. Norman C. Francis Pkwy
Hip Hop Cardio
Wednesday, August 18, 25
500 N. Norman C Francis Pkwy
Our Fall Series starts in September. Keep an eye out for announcements and our schedule!
Find the most up-to-date information on our social media, @lafittegreenway and lafittegreenway.org/getfit
Make sure to stop by the Crescent City Farmer's Market on Thursdays, at the Greenway Plaza, 3-7PM!
Thank you to the Greater New Orleans Foundation for making this program possible.
Welcome Sorena - Our New Get Fit Coordinator
We are excited to introduce our new Get Fit coordinator- Sorena Briley. Sorena is a New Orleans native who currently works in real estate and event photography. She grew up on Conti Street and remembers when the Greenway was the train tracks she crossed going to school. Returning to New Orleans after her husband’s military service sent them across the country, she was excited to see the transformations that had happened in her old neighborhood.
Sorena says that the Greenway is “like a breath of fresh air” and she looks forward to meeting new people at all of our Get Fit classes this year and furthering Friends’ mission.
We are very excited to welcome her to the team and look forward to the on-the-ground impact she has already been making and will continue to make.
Check Out This Article about the Greenway
The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans has featured a piece on the Lafitte Greenway by Shaun Duncan in their Preservation in Print magazine. Noting the Greenway’s rich history as a transportation corridor, the article celebrates the progress being made in bringing more amenities, art, and sustainable design to the space. Read the article here.
Get Ready for Blue Bikes
Keep your eyes open as Blue Bikes once again start rolling on the streets of New Orleans! Blue Krewe, the local community-based non-profit that operates and manages the bikeshare system, will begin to relaunch the program in the coming days with a fleet of 504 pedal-assist e-bikes. Community members can start riding Blue Bikes by downloading the Blue Bikes Nola app, which is available in both the App Store and the Google Play Store.
Blue Bikes is now run and operated by Blue Krewe, a local community-based nonprofit organization that is working to relaunch the bike share program. For more information, you can check out this article on NOLA.com by Jessica Williams.
Thank you to our supporters!