By Beau Evans [email protected], | The Times-Picayune
French Quarter out, Lafitte Greenway in.

Staff with the city's recreation department scrapped a plan for an off-leash dog park in the French Quarter on Tuesday (Aug. 1) and, instead, pitched an alternative plan for a dog park located on the Lafitte Greenway.

That recommendation was delivered during a New Orleans Recreation Development Commission board meeting held Tuesday evening in Algiers, where officials were expected to decide the fate of the controversial proposal for a dog park at Cabrini Playground in the French Quarter. Though the recreation department's board of commissioners will officially decide that proposal's fate next month, Tuesday's recommendation appeared to cripple the Cabrini off-leash plan.

Mentioned for months by staff as an alternative to the French Quarter, the Lafitte Greenway off-leash plan pitched Tuesday would locate a dog park on the site of an old Department of Public Works traffic signal and sign shop. Officials say the shop, located on the Greenway two blocks up from North Broad Street on Lafitte Avenue and North White Street, is set for demolition next year.


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Sophie Vorhoff


Executive Director at Friends of Lafitte Corridor