Mid-City Messenger: Trash cans, improved greenspace, security lined up for future of Lafitte Greenway

By Claire Byun

The future of the Lafitte Greenway has been uncertain in the past. But now, with new leadership and a slew of projects underway, officials are hoping to revamp the 2.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian path that runs through the heart of Mid-City and beyond.

The Greenway recently came under the authority of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, which has hired security and maintenance for the 2-mile stretch of public land. Vic Richard, NORDC CEO, worked to dispel rumors and answer questions about the future of the Greenway at a public meeting last week.

“The city owns that space,” Richard said. “We will not be giving it away.”

Richard and his team are working to make the Greenway a safer space open to everyone, which will encourage future development, he said. A team of groundkeepers, security patrol officers and a site manager have been hired to run the site every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Security officers will not be commissioned to carry guns but will work to drive away “riff raff” who bring litter and crime to the area, Richard said.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2017/07/06/trash-cans-improved-greenspace-security-lined-up-for-future-of-lafitte-greenway/

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