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Visitors to New Orleans this Mardi Gras season will find a new and as yet unbeaten path in the city. The Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path is a 2.6-mile linear park that links several neighborhoods, from the French Quarter and Treme to Bayou St. John and Mid-City. Originally a canal site and later transformed by a railroad, the new park includes a 12-foot-wide asphalt path for cycling, running and walking, as well as new recreation fields and over 500 newly planted trees. 

Source: The New York Times 

Full Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/travel/tour-and-hotel-news-biking-trips-fast-and-leisurely.html?src=twr&_r=3 


Friends of Lafitte Greenway Plan "Hike the Greenway" Event for March

The Friends of Lafitte Greenway will hold their annual Hike the Greenway event this spring, they told the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association on Tuesday evening.

According to organizers, the event has been hosted many times in previous years, but this year will be the first hike on the Greenway since it has been officially open in September.

Sophie Harris, Executive Director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, said this year the event will have a “celebratory twist to the typical event.”

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2016/02/03/friends-of-lafitte-greenway-plan-hike-the-greenway-event-for-march/


Time to Plan for Mardi Gras: It's Early This Year, Feb. 9th

Seems like we've barely recovered from Christmas and New Year's, but it's already Carnival time, with Mardi Gras falling early this year, on Feb. 9.

Carnival, from the Latin, means "farewell to the flesh." Mardi Gras — which literally translates as Fat Tuesday — is the deadline for finishing off all the goodies in the house before the beginning of Lent, a period of austerity leading up to Easter.

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WHAT'S NEW

The Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and green corridor linking the French Quarter's Armstrong Park to City Park in mid-city, opened in November. (Stay on the asphalt, please, to coddle turf and other plantings that are late taking hold because of rain.)

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

Full Article: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jan/14/time-to-plan-for-mardi-gras-its-early-this-year/


Orleans and Jefferson parishes pursue new water strategies

If anything has been learned from a regional water study that began ten years ago, it’s that results require persistence, David Waggonner, president of local architects Waggonner & Ball, said last week. He spoke Tuesday at Greater New Orleans, Inc., where local leaders discussed progress on the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, adopted two years ago. Waggonner & Ball began working on the plan in 2006 after visits to flood-control structures in the Netherlands. In the ensuing Dutch Dialogues, experts from the Netherlands assisted in the initial study.

It’s one thing to have a big plan on paper, but quite another for those projects to be implemented. “Politicians have to allow conditions for change,” Waggonner said Tuesday. In what’s become “a numbers story” since his firm’s initial look at regional water, each project’s costs and and benefits must be weighed, he said.

Source: The Louisiana Weekly


Free Aikido lesson on the greenway this Saturday

The Friends of the Lafitte Greenway and NOLA Aikido will host an outdoor fitness event on the patio of Mid-City Market. NOLA Aikido will present an Aikido demonstration, followed by a free beginner lesson. The event is free and open to the public.

This fitness event takes place this Saturday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mid-City Market, 401 North Carrollton Avenue. All ages, sizes, and experience levels are welcome.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2015/11/20/free-aikido-lesson-on-the-greenway-this-saturday/


A green space connects NOLA neighborhoods

The Lafitte Greenway’s freshly paved walking and biking path and newly manicured landscape is officially open. City officials and greenway supporters held a grand opening on Nov. 6, marking the end of several years of work, including assistance from Tulane University.

The 2.6-mile Lafitte Greenway transforms one of the city’s oldest rail lines into a multiuse transportation corridor and linear park, connecting neighborhoods from Armstrong Park to City Park. The City of New Orleans broke ground on the $9.1 million project in March 2014. Friends of Lafitte Greenway, the nonprofit steward of the greenway, spent several years generating financial support for the project, developing programming on the land, and promoting it as a community space.

Source: Tulane University

Full Article: http://tulane.edu/news/newwave/111015_lafitte-greenway-opens.cfm


The Station, a new coffeeshop and bakery, proposed for Mid-City

Megan and Jonathan Walker want to convert a former Mid-City gas station into a bakery and coffeeshop. If the city approves, they plan to open The Station at the corner of Bienville and North Alexander streets in summer 2016.

On Tuesday (Nov. 9), the City Planning Commission will hear the Walkers' request for a conditional use to allow the business. The planning staff has recommended that the conditional use be granted. Ultimately, the City Council will have to approve the project.

Source: NOLA.com

Full Article: http://www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/2015/11/the_station_a_new_coffeeshop_a.html


Dust off that old bike or put on your walking shoes!

New Orleans (WGNO)--Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city leaders unveiled the new Lafitte Greenway bicycle and walking path.

It's about two and a half miles long and connects six historic neighborhoods from the French Quarter to Bayou St. John and Mid-City.

The corridor where the path was built was first a shipping canal in the mid 18th century and then a railroad after that.

Source: WGNO

Full Article & Video: http://wgno.com/2015/11/07/connecting-six-historic-neighborhoods/


Lafitte Greenway officially opens to endless possibilities

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -She's only been in business a month, but from her view behind the counter of her newly minted food shop, Gail Joseph can see possibilities.

“I hope the greenway will be a success,” Joseph said. “I hope our store will be a success.”

Joseph envisions people from all walks of life enjoying the brand new Lafitte Greenway. Soon, these same walkers and bikers will need a cold drink or a quick snack, which she is happy to offer.

Source: WVUE Fox 8 News

Full Article & Video: http://www.fox8live.com/story/30459128/lafitte-greenway-officially-opens-to-endless-possibilities


Lafitte Greenway officially opens

NEW ORLEANS - David Cameron rode along the newly-opened Lafitte Greenway Friday morning; it's now his normal way to get to the French Quarter.

The Mid-City resident says he can safely ride between the most popular parts of the city with less close encounters with cars.

"It helps me get off of Canal Street and really helps me get to the Quarter much faster," he said.

City leaders gathered at the Greenway Friday to celebrate its opening and the neighborhoods it connects.

Source: WWLTV

Full Article and Video: http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/2015/11/06/lafitte-greenway-official-opens/75320282/