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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 »

Oct 202016
 

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger

Warren Easton's new athletic field will be dedicated on Friday (photo by Claire Byun).

Warren Easton’s new athletic field will be dedicated on Friday (photo by Claire Byun).

After more than a decade of waiting and wishing, Warren Easton Charter School will officially dedicate their very own athletic field.

Legacy Field, which neighbors the Canal Street school, will be dedicated Friday during a special ceremony. School officials have been working toward a green space of their own since Hurricane Katrina, and with help from Orleans Parish School Board the “dream” was finally achieved.

“It’s just a dream come true,” said principal Alexina Medley. Continue reading »

Sep 292016
 
New Orleans City Park (photo courtesy of http://neworleanscitypark.com/).

New Orleans City Park (photo courtesy of http://neworleanscitypark.com/).

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger

Two months of persistent rain and unyielding heat contributed to a notable loss of revenue for City Park, but officials hope a series of festivals will make up for the shortfall.

City Park’s revenue shortfall for July and August was about $258,000, but cost-cutting measures nipped that deficit to approximately $82,000, according to CFO Kevin Cox. Heavy rain on summer weekends contributed to the park’s revenue loss, which meant less business for the amusement park and concession stands.

“So much of our fiscal health depends on the weather,” City Park CEO Bob Becker said. “But we’ve taken a number of steps to make sure we’re handling costs and expenses as we move forward.” Continue reading »

Aug 082016
 
(via Friends of Lafitte Greenway)

(via Friends of Lafitte Greenway)

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.

To RSVP or for more information, visit lafittegreenway.org/greendrinks2016.

Jul 272016
 
The area of City Park's new championship golf course (New Orleans City Park).

The area of City Park’s new championship golf course (New Orleans City Park).

The New Orleans City Park’s Golf Complex is slated to be under new management in the fall, according to the park’s CEO, Bob Becker.

The complex includes the North Course, the Driving Range and the new $24.5 million, 18-hole championship-level golf course slated to be finished early next year.

Becker made the announcement at a New Orleans City Park Improvement Association board of directors meeting Tuesday. After many negotiations, he said, the Bayou District Foundation was expected to take over in October for a term up to 35 years. Continue reading »

Jul 062016
 
The Krewe of Chewbacchus had a floating float on Bayou St. John on the Fourth of July. (Robert Morris, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Chewbacchus had a floating float on Bayou St. John on the Fourth of July. (Robert Morris, MidCityMessenger.com)

Amid complaints of littering, parking issues and forbidden fireworks, July 4th festivities on Bayou St. John will have a new feature next year: members of the New Orleans Fire Department, who will be patrolling the area with the goal of deterring illegal activity, according to a representative from Councilwoman Susan Guidry’s office. Continue reading »