Volunteers varnish new Lemann Pool murals over Martin Luther King Day weekend

Dozens of community members turned out over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend to finish a community-based art project on the Lafitte Greenway.

Friends of Lafitte Greenway hosted two volunteer sessions over the weekend to varnish the new murals on the Lemann Pool located at 536 N. Prieur. Volunteers put about four coats of varnish over the student-led murals, which surround the pool in bright colors and designs.

Keith Duncan, lead artist, said the community’s interest in his creation “is a good feeling.” The murals are the product of a 6-week dialogue and youth engagement effort spearheaded by the Young Artists Movement (YAM), Welcome Table New Orleans Mid-City Circle and Prospect New Orleans. Last year, residents met several times to discuss racial reconciliation and that dialogue resulted in a five-wall youth-designed mural by Duncan.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

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Friends of Lafitte Greenway to host two MLK Weekend volunteer projects

Friends of Lafitte Greenway, in partnership with Young Artists Movement (YAM), Welcome Table New Orleans Mid-City Circle, and Prospect New Orleans, will host two volunteer projects for MLK Weekend.

Volunteers will paint the top coat of varnish on new murals and pick up litter on the Lafitte Greenway on Saturday, January 14 and Monday, January 16.

Volunteers will meet at 536 N. Prieur Street from 9 to 11 a.m. both days. The events will proceed in the event of light rain, but be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2017/01/13/friends-of-lafitte-greenway-to-host-two-mlk-weekend-volunteer-projects/

Friends of Lafitte Greenway to break in new office with party

The Friends of Lafitte Greenway have a brand new office that opens onto the greenspace, and the nonprofit invites the community to celebrate the new digs.

The group is having a “New Year, New Office” party next week to commemorate the opening of their 2200 Lafitte Avenue office. The group was working out of the Propeller Incubator on Washington Avenue, which offers for-rent space for co-working businesses and organizations, for two years.

Sophie Harris, Friends of the Lafitte Greenway director, said the new office signifies years of hard work, community input and growth.

“It’s really us growing up,” Harris said. “This space allows us to invite people in for meetings and workshops, and bring people out onto the Greenway.”

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2017/01/10/friends-of-the-lafitte-greenway-to-break-in-new-office-with-party/

Colorful message: Mural project aims to bring races together

A splash of color has revived a key stop along the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City. Mural artist Kevin Duncan hopes the walls outside of the Lemann Pool have become a conversation starter, leading bikers to pause and look and neighbors drinking coffee on their porches to pay attention.

Duncan wanted his mural to capture the spirit of the city. His project is supported by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s citywide initiative called The Welcome Table New Orleans. The initiative was set up in 2014 to focus on race and reconciliation and bringing communities together.

SourceThe New Orleans Advocate

Full Article: http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/communities/crescent_city/article_4d464168-bb1f-11e6-96a6-c3396d304848.html

Laffite Greenway to undergo renovations in 2017

The National Recreation and Park Association chose New Orleans’ Lafitte Greenway as a 2017 Parks Build Community project yesterday, November 16.

The Parks Build Community project is a park renovation program conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association every year. The NRPA led its first park renovation in 2008. New Orleans is the eighth park to be chosen by the NRPA.

Renovations will take place throughout the 2017 year. The project is expected to be completed in September of 2017. The projects are funded by national sponsors, and donations managed by the NRPA.

Source: Curbed New Orleans 

Full Article: http://nola.curbed.com/2016/11/17/13670860/laffite-greenway-national-recreation-park-association-new-orleans

New Orleans Lafitte Greenway Chosen for 2017 Parks Build Community Project

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), a network of more than 52,000 park and recreation professionals and advocates, and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) are proud to announce that the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans has been chosen for NRPA's 2017 Parks Build Community project. Portions of the Lafitte Greenway will undergo significant renovations as donors and local companies alike come together to transform the area into a vibrant public space where residents of all ages can gather and play.

Located along a historic transportation corridor, the Lafitte Greenway is a three-mile linear park with a bicycle and pedestrian trail that connects City Park to Louis Armstrong Park, which borders the French Quarter. The area includes several vacant lots that NRPA and NORDC will use to build sports fields, playgrounds, water features and numerous family gathering spots. The project will be unveiled Sept. 24, 2017, during the NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Source: Yahoo

Full Article: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/orleans-lafitte-greenway-chosen-2017-160000264.html

Lafitte Greenway is bringing ‘good to the community,’ advocates say

What used to be an industrial rail corridor with rows of vacant warehouses is now a greenspace and paved trail in Orleans Parish. The Lafitte Greenway goes through six neighborhoods, connecting Bayou St. John in Mid-City to Armstrong Park by the French Quarter.

The 2.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian walkway makes getting around both parts of the city easier. There also is a park with street lights, new trees, and walkways that recycle water.

The Lafitte Greenway also connects more than just two parts of the city; it connects the people in those specific neighborhoods.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2016/11/08/lafitte-greenway-is-bringing-good-to-the-community-advocates-say/

FOX 8 Defenders: Following the rules of the road

In the heart of New Orleans' Mid-City neighborhood, people biking is not uncommon, especially on the Lafitte Greenway, a bike and pedestrian trail.

Where the Greenway meets Jeff Davis Parkway, cars roll right through the crosswalk, but when a pedestrian is there, drivers are legally required to stop.

Many say, drivers and people biking need to be aware and follow the rules of the road now, more than ever.

"When Katrina struck in 2005, there were 11 miles of bike paths in New Orleans. Now it's over 100," Dan Favre said.

Source: Fox 8 WVUE

Full Article: http://www.kmov.com/story/33636526/fox-8-defenders-following-the-rules-of-the-road

Dancing, dining planned to celebrate Lafitte Greenway’s one-year anniversary

Nearly a year after the city’s newest greenspace officially opened, members of Friends of Lafitte Greenway are hosting a celebratory soiree on Friday night.

The Greenway Soiree 2016 will feature ten area restaurants and a night of drinks, dancing and a silent auction. Auction items were donated by businesses along the Lafitte corridor, and the event is open to Friends of Lafitte Greenway’s members and nonmembers, though ticket prices vary.

Officials chose to host the shindig one year after the Greenway’s opening because of its remarkable growth and impact on the city, officials said.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2016/10/05/dancing-dining-planned-to-celebrate-lafitte-greenways-one-year-anniversary/

Advertiser Bulletin: Friends of Lafitte Greenway Presents the Greenway Soirée

Friends of Lafitte Greenway will host the Greenway Soirée on Friday, October 7th, 2016, 6:00 – 11:00 PM at Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club’s Roy E. Glapion Reception Hall. The 4th annual event will bring together the very best in food, drink, and entertainment for an evening of celebration one year after the Greenway’s opening. Proceeds from the event will support Friends of Lafitte Greenway’s work to build program, and promote the Lafitte Greenway as a great public space.

The 2016 Greenway Soirée is hosted by Ethan Ashley, Vaughn Fauria, Sonya Jarvis, Cheryl Landrieu, Margaret Orr, Cleveland Spears, and Vincent Sylvain. The event will feature musical entertainment by James Singleton & Friends and DJ Fayard, and auction items by Lafitte Corridor businesses.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2016/09/14/advertiser-bulletin-friends-of-lafitte-greenway-presents-the-greenway-soiree/