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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘Greenway Green Drinks’ event to celebrate Lafitte Greenway

Friends of Lafitte Greenway and LifeCity are teaming up for an event called Greenway Green Drinks, to celebrate stormwater management efforts and business development along the Greenway.

The happy hour will start today at 4:30 p.m. for a brief walking tour of the Greenway.

Participants are to meet at the Broad Theater, on 636 N Broad Street. Drinks will be served from 5:30 to 7:30.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

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Friends of Lafitte Greenway, LifeCity to host Greenway happy hour

On Thursday, August 11, Friends of Lafitte Greenway and LifeCity will co-host “Greenway Green Drinks”, a happy hour to celebrate the success of stormwater management and business development on the Lafitte Greenway. The event will take place at the Broad Theater, located at 636 N. Broad Street, and will include a Greenway tour that begins at the theater.

Greenway Green Drinks is free and open to the public. Happy hour specials will be offered to Friends of Lafitte Greenway and LifeCity Green Card members.

The short walking tour of the Lafitte Greenway will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the happy hour will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

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Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Fit NOLA host outdoor yoga series

Friends of Lafitte Greenway and Fit NOLA, a program of the New Orleans Health Department will host a free 6-week outdoor hot yoga series on the Lafitte Greenway. The Hot Yoga Pop Ups are a part of Friends of Lafitte Greenway’s new fitness program, Get Fit the Green Way, committed to improving opportunities for health and well-being for all New Orleans residents and Lafitte Greenway communities.

The Hot Yoga Pop Ups will be held every Monday until August 22 on the field at Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, located at 2200 Lafitte Street, from 6 to 7 p.m. Classes are free to participants thanks to generous sponsorship by FitNOLA and the American Heart Association.

“Through Get Fit the Green Way, we offer a variety of fitness opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and interests,” said Nellie Catzen, Community Health Program Coordinator for Friends of Lafitte Greenway. “Join us on the Greenway for yoga, Zumba, boot camps and more!”

Source: Mid-City Messenger

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