Would you like to stay up-to-date with Friends of Lafitte Greenway? Sign up for our Greenway Gazette! Here's a look at our October edition. 

Halloween Spooktacular - Haunted Trail & Family Fun

Gather ‘round ghouls and ghosts-- the spookiest season is here! Join us on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31st from 5-8pm 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! More info and RSVP here.

Do you or your organization want to give away candy or host an activity for the Spooktacular Trick-or-Treat parade? We provide the candy! Sign up to be a partner here.


Fall Movies in the Park: Remember the Titans

Movies in the Park with NORD returns to the Greenway THIS 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 an African-American High School football coach (Denzel Washington) and his team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. Pre-movie family fun starts at 6pm. The film begins at dusk.


Hip Hop Kickboxing -- Last Hurrah!

Our free weekly Hip Hop Kickboxing classes with NDO Energy have been such a hit that we’ve added an extra class. Don’t miss your last chance to join us tomorrow, Wednesday at 6pm on the Greenway Great Lawn (between N Prieur and N Galvez) for one more power hour with our fearless leader, TK. Bring a water bottle, towel, and friend, and come ready to sweat! Major thanks to NDO Energy for their support.


Flex for Free at the FitLot

Did you know that the FitLot has free community classes 4 times per week? Join FitLot Neighborhood Coaches at the Fitlot (on the Greenway at N Miro) for a free circuit-training workout. Free, all-ages workouts meet every Wednesday evening at 5:45pm.  For adults 55+, the FitLot Method meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 7:45am. For more information and to receive updates, visit fitlot.org/signup.


Volunteer Opportunities

As the cooler weather comes around, so do plenty of opportunities to volunteer with the Greenway you love! Want to lend a hand?

Next Wednesday, October 31st from 3-5pm, help us set up the spooky trail with paper jack-o-lanterns for the Spooktacular. Sign up here.

Never miss a volunteer opportunity -  Sign up for our volunteer list here!

Night Out Against Crime

Last Tuesday, October 16, we enjoyed a night outside the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center for the 35th Annual Night Out Against Crime. The National Night Out Against Crime in New Orleans is a community-wide event to raise awareness, reduce crime, and promote crime prevention in our neighborhoods. The night was full of life with neighbors playing fun family activities, sharing a meal, dancing, getting flu shots, and meeting officers in the area. Thanks to our partners at Sojourner Truth, Providence Community Housing, the Faubourg Lafitte Tenants Association, High Voltage Youth Camp and Immanuel Community Church for hosting!


What a Party!

The 6th Annual Greenway Soirée on Friday, October 5th was beyond our wildest imagination -- together, over 400 Greenway supporters laughed, mingled, danced, and celebrated under the twinkling lights, and raised $60,000 in support of a vibrant and active Greenway. From the first note played by Mario Abney and the Abney Effect, to the last tune spun by Slick Leo, the event was a blast. Missed it? It’s not too late to show your support! Join or renew your membership at lafittegreenway.org/membership, and re-live the night through our photos.


Will You Help us Plan the Hike?

Our signature annual event, Hike the Lafitte Greenway, started as friends and neighbors bushwhacked along a vacant rail corridor with dreams of a trail. Since then, thousands have followed in their footsteps as the Hike has grown into a community-wide celebration of the Greenway we love. This year, we’re making the Hike an even bigger celebration -- more bands, more community stories, and more ways to share your ideas-- and we need your help! Will you help us plan our best Hike yet? Email [email protected] to join our planning committee.


New Businesses: Hey Café, Wrong Iron Patio & Bar, Courtyard Brewery

The Greenway is  a great place to walk, bike, or play, and it has new stops along the way! We’re pleased to be welcoming a few new businesses to the trail this fall.

Open now: Hey Café & Coffee Roastery, just opened a new location overlooking the Greenway on St. Louis St. at N Dorgenois. Stop by and say “Hey!”-- They’re open 7am-3pm daily.

Opening soon: Wrong Iron Patio & Bar is also joining us in good spirits, opening late this fall. Construction is currently underway on this bicycle-friendly beer and wine garden, complete with a large outdoor patio, fire pits, and Bocce ball courts, along with an indoor bar and mezzanine section. Courtyard Brewery, a nano-brewery in the Lower Garden District, is opening a second location next to the Greenway in 2020.

Stay tuned and come out to support these local businesses!


NORD Athletics - Basketball Registration Open Now

Registration is now open for NORD’s Indoor Basketball Teams! The nearest team to the Greenway meets just a few blocks away at the NORD Treme Recreation Center at 900 N Villere. Registration for the teams ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 is open until December 3rd. For more information, see NORD’s website, or visit any NORD Recreation Center.