Gazette March 2022

Tomorrow Night: Movies in the Park "Finding Dory"

Join us for a free Movies in the Park in partnership with NORD. Bring something to sit on, snacks, and friends.

FREE

Friday, March 25th

1971 Lafitte Ave.

Movie starts at sundown, ~6:15PM

 

Greenway Grow! 

Cypress tree forest and pollinator meadows are coming to the Lafitte Greenway! City and community partners are excited to announce “Lafitte Greenway GROW!,” a multi-year restoration project to plant 1,000 Cypress trees in the Greenway’s bioswales and pollinator flower meadows.

Partners & Supporters

GROW! is a landscape restoration project and fundraising campaign led collaboratively by Friends of Lafitte Greenway (Friends), NORD, Parks and Parkways, Sustaining Our Urban Landscape (SOUL), SPROUT NOLA, and Spackman Mossop Michaels. This project is made possible with support from Coypu Foundation Trust established by John S. McIlhenny and One Tree Planted.

Purpose

In order to ensure that the Greenway’s landscape is sustainable, safe, and beautiful over the long term, and limit herbicide use, we are undertaking this landscape restoration project. Award winning landscape architecture firm, Spackman Mossop Michaels, designed this adaptive planting and management plan for the Greenway’s bioswales and meadows that will restore and expand our urban tree canopy, restore native plantings, support pollinators, and naturally prevent the overgrowth that has inhibited the bioswales functionality and have been a community visibility and safety concern.

Project Status

Site preparation began this week to remove overgrowth and invasive species in anticipation of the initial Cypress trees and flower meadow plantings this April. Next week, SPROUT NOLA will begin tarping and preparing the site for meadow planting. The first 100 Cypress trees of the 1,000 Cypress forest will be planted in honor of Earth Day this April. Friends and SOUL are recruiting volunteers for this tree planting. Sign up to volunteer at www.lafittegreenway.org/events.

Grow! Fundraising Campaign

Project partners invite the public to support this environmental restoration work by contributing to the GROW! Campaign at www.lafittegreenway.org/grow. The partners are currently fundraising to plant the next 900 Cypress trees of the 1,000 Cypress forest, beginning this fall, and to support the continued establishment of the Greenway’s wildflower meadows.

 

 

Warm welcome to Hailey and Diya

Meet our new Get Fit Coordinators, Hailey Marshall (right) and Diya Wheeler (left), at Get Fit classes this spring.

 

"Hello everyone, my name is Hailey. I joined the Lafitte Greenway because I love how we are an active organization in our community fighting progress forward."

"Hi everyone! My name is Diya and I just joined the greenway because I love being involved in my NOLA community. When not at kickboxing, I spend my time creating art, cooking, driving for uber eats, and exploring New Orleans' food scene!"

 

Say hello at a Get Fit class this spring! See schedule and RSVP below. 

 

 

 

Save the date: Easter Eggstravaganza 

Bring out your bunny ears and mark your calendar for April 9th, 10AM-1PM. The Easter Eggstravaganza on the Greenway in partnership with NORD will include an Easter egg hunt, treat bags, bounce houses, sack races, and the Easter bunny!

   

   

Mardi Gras on the Greenway

Thank you to the Department of Public works and the City of New Orleans for making the Lafitte Greenway a safe, travel hub during Mardi Gras. There were around 1,600 people using the Greenway on Endymion Saturday and 1,400 bikers on Barkus Sunday (data collected by UNO Transportation Institute). Barriers used to stop cars on the trail will be removed soon. 

 

Double dollars at the Farmer’s Market for SNAP users

On Thursdays, Crescent City Farmers Market hosts a weekly open air market at Greenway Plaza (500 N. Norman C. Francis Pkwy), 3-7PM. SNAP shoppers receive dollar-for-dollar match, up to $60, on fresh fruits and vegetables with Market Match. Find more information and all market locations and times here.

  

  

Thank you to our generous sponsors.