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Feb 142017
 

City Park (Tad Gormley) Stadium, circa 1938

2017 marks the 80th anniversary of Tad Gormley Stadium. The iconic City Park stadium, designed in the shape of a horseshoe, was completed in the fall of 1937 during the Works Progress Administration. From the Beatles concert, to the 1992 Olympic Track and Field Trials, to the thousands of high school games, Tad Gormley Stadium has hosted a remarkable variety of entertainment for the people of New Orleans. Continue reading »

Feb 082017
 

The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association is hoping to reduce the amount of crime and destruction in Fortier Park.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Faubourg St. john neighbors are teaming up to reduce the number of drunk and unruly people who gather at a local park after dark.

Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association members want to kickstart a new task force with the goal to reduce crime and lawn destruction in Alcee Fortier Park. The park – located on Esplanade Avenue and N. Rendon Street – is used by families, couples and people walking their dogs, but drunk and unruly people are causing neighbors to avoid the area altogether. Sarah Stogner, president of FSJNA, said sometimes people sleep in the park, though it’s unclear if everyone who spends the night there is homeless. Continue reading »

Feb 022017
 

City Councilmember Jared Brossett is backing amendments to current ordinances regarding bicycle safety, operation and equipment requirements (Flickr/Britt Reints).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Rules and regulations around bicycle safety and operation may change a little in the near future, pending confirmation by the New Orleans City Council.

City Councilmember Jared Brossett is backing amendments to current ordinances regarding bicycle safety, operation and equipment requirements. Brossett brought those amendments to the council’s Jan. 12 meeting but were pushed to their Feb. 23 meeting. Continue reading »

Jan 312017
 

The Ohm Well’s Valerie McMillan leads Hot Yoga class last year (via Friends of Lafitte Greenway).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Friends of Lafitte Greenway has an abundance of goals for 2017, and most revolve around improving the safety of the greenspace and growing community programs. Continue reading »

Jan 252017
 

An oyster installation was part of an underwater-themed, Sea-Labration display, in the botanical gardens of City Park for Celebration in the Oaks 2015. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

City Park’s annual Celebration in the Oaks pulled in more revenue last year compared to several years prior.

The 2016 event, which runs from the Friday before Thanksgiving the New Years Day, generated more than $2 million for the mostly-self-funded park. City Park’s Board of Directors reviewed the earnings during their regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, and park CEO Bob Becker said most people has positive comments about last year’s event. Continue reading »

Dec 202016
 
Scheme "A" features soccer fields, a nature trail and a boat launch.

Scheme “A” features soccer fields, a nature trail and a boat launch.

After two rounds of public input, City Park officials have revealed three different plans to develop more than 250 acres into soccer fields, a nature walk and a brand new boat launch.

Park staff held a public workshop last month to gather ideas and input on undeveloped land bounded by Scout’s Island. The land, which encompasses Grow Dat Youth Farm and the Pan American Stadium, is surrounded by the island, I-610, Harrison and Wisner avenues. Continue reading »

Nov 232016
 
The area under consideration is bounded by Interstate 610, Wisner Boulevard and Harrison Avenue. (map via City Park)

The area under consideration is bounded by Interstate 610, Wisner Boulevard and Harrison Avenue. (map via City Park)

After a series of public meetings, City Park staffers are compiling the ideas they heard for a 250-acre plot formerly slated for a golf course so the park’s Board of Directors can make a decision about for the future of the green space. Continue reading »

Oct 272016
 
A bicyclist rides in City Park (Claire Byun).

A bicyclist rides in City Park (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger

City Park’s Marconi Bike Path is inching ever closer to completion after six years of extensive planning and waiting.

Officials have planned a bike path along Marconi Avenue for six years but negotiations between the state and federal government slowed the process. The path is funded with federal money, so the plans required multiple reviews by the state. Once approved by the state, the new plans had to go back to the federal level for approval, then again sent to the state level.

This process of “endless reviews” is why the new trail took so long, according to park CEO Bob Becker. Continue reading »