Gazette May 2022

Meet Alexis Marceaux - Programs & Projects Manager

We are so excited to welcome Alexis Marceaux to the team as our new Programs & Projects Manager! As a proud New Orleanian, Alexis looks forward to creating programming that celebrates the culture of New Orleans. When she is not biking, walking or working on the Greenway, you can find her performing with her bands Sweet Crude and Alexis & the Samurai at venues all throughout the city. She is excited to fuse her music career and education experience with her position at the Greenway.

1. What is something new you've learned about the Greenway? 

I've learned that each one of the cypress trees we planted on the Greenway holds 880 gallons of water! Imagine what planting 1,000 cypress trees on the Greenway will do to prevent flooding in the neighborhood!

2. What are you most excited to dive into? 

I'm really excited about our green infrastructure projects and implementing new programs that celebrate the culture of New Orleans throughout the year!

3. Where are people most likely to find you on the Greenway? 

People can find me walking and biking the greenway daily and checking on our little baby cypress trees. I cannot wait to watch them grow!

The Lopez Bike & Pedestrian Bridge is Open!

Today, May 18th, Mayor Cantrell, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, project partners, and community members cut the ribbon on the N. Lopez Bridge. This new bridge creates critical safe connections from the neighborhoods, to the Greenway and beyond. 

 

Water Management Feasibility Study

Could the Greenway do more to address neighborhood flooding? This is the question that we are asking in a study underway. Friends of Lafitte Greenway, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the New Orleans Business Alliance, has commissioned a study by Waggonner & Ball Architects to study the feasibility, cost, and impact of adding additional stormwater management facilities to the Lafitte Greenway. Parks have the power to address climate change. Preliminary results from this research are expected this summer. Stay tuned for opportunities to learn more and engage. 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Flour Moon Bagels & Skeeta Hawk Brewing

Coming to the Greenway: Flour Moon Bagels & Skeeta Hawk Brewing

The Greenway is thrilled to welcome two new small business neighbors along the trail: Flour Moon Bagels and Skeeta Hawk Brewing. These businesses are slated to open in the months ahead at the corner of N. Dorgenois and St. Louis Street - sharing a building with Hey Coffee Co. Read this Mid-City Messenger article about the project. We'll see you soon for a bagel and a beer on the Greenway.  

 

Sweat and stretch at Hot Yoga this Summer

Bring your yoga mats, water bottles, and towels out for Hot Yoga. Our Get Fit summer class is held on Mondays at 6PM at the Greenway's Great Lawn (N. Galvez to N. Prieur) with The Ohm Well. The class is for all levels and ages and is beginner-friendly. At every class, participants will receive a Blue Bikes perk. 

 

Thank you to the Greater New Orleans Foundation for their support. This spring, we reached 839 participants through 24 free fitness classes!

Did you attend this spring's Get Fit Series? Please take this 5 min. survey to help us show the program's impact.

 

 

Greenway GROW! Wildflower Meadows & Cypress Forest Plantings

Greenway GROW is off to a great start with tree plantings and pollinator meadow seedings. We're on our way to plant 1,000 Cypress trees on the Greenway and grow pollinator meadows at the Great Lawn. You can support this campaign by making a gift to Grow!

100 Cypress trees planted 

We planted trees with 130 volunteers including Navy volunteers and community members. On the corner of N. Galvez and St. Louis Street, these trees will mature to provide shade, reduce understory growth, provide habitats, and drink up stormwater to reduce local flooding. 

Meadows site prepared

SPROUT NOLA has flamed weeded, tilled, and seeded the meadow sites at the Greenway Great Lawn on N. Galvez St. The meadows are seeded with a cover crop, sun hemp, to outgrow grass and weeds. 

Farming education

SPROUT NOLA taught urban farmers how to use a walk-behind tractor, a tool that will be available for local farmers to borrow. This project supports SPROUT's mission to create a stronger, more equipped community of growers in New Orleans.

This project is made possible with support from Coypu Foundation Trust established by John S. McIlhenny, One Tree Planted, Spackman Mossop Michaels, SPROUT NOLA, SOUL, Parkways, NORD, and GROW campaign contributors.

 

Save the Date for Supernova 2022

Mark your calendar for Supernova 2022 on Dec. 8-10th! Supernova is the Greenway's annual light-based art and music celebration. We are building off of the success of last year, and have a lot more in store.

Interested in supporting the Supernova? Find opportunities to support here or reach out to Camly Tram, Development Manager here.

 

We’re growing our team

We’re looking for a full-time Americorps member and a part-time Get Fit coordinator. Please spread the word! 

Serve LA Americorps - Project and Programs Coordinator

Fitness program coordinator 

 

We appreciate YOU! - GiveNOLA Day success

Thank you for a successful GiveNOLA Day! We appreciate everyone joining us at Happy Hour and on the trail at our Coffee Stops (coffee donated by Hey Coffee Co.). We were able to raise over $30,000 to continue growing the Greenway’s plants, projects, paths, and programs. Your gift makes an impact.  

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors