Apr 062017

The South Course features several lagoons and historic oak trees that once lined the former City Park golf courses destroyed by Katrina (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

City Park’s newest golf course includes a host of brand new designs, greens and features, while incorporating a few features from the two courses destroyed by Katrina.

Bayou Oaks South, which opens to the public April 21, plays in a returning 9-hole routing that runs south toward Harrison Avenue, then returning north to the clubhouse. The back 9 plays along the routing that used to define the back 9 of City Park West golf course, which was severely damaged in the hurricane.

Twelve holes include natural bayous, just like the historic courses, and 100-year-old oak trees line each hole around the 72-par course. Continue reading »

Apr 052017

Via Friends of Lafitte Greenway

This year’s annual Hike the Greenway event was marred by heavy rain and wind, but the party still drew a crowd.

More than 400 people braved the weather to trek the Greenway and learn more about Friends of Lafitte Greenway’s history, programs and future goals. The nonprofit also officially launched its membership campaign, A Path Forward. Continue reading »

Apr 042017

After years of protests, delays and lawsuits, City Park’s Bayou Oaks golf course is slated to open later this month (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com).

By Claire Byun

A brand new Mid-City golf course is just weeks from completion, and officials expect revenues to hit more than $1 million during the first year. Those profits, however, are planned for more charitable uses.

City Park’s newest championship golf course, called Bayou Oaks, opens to the public April 21. The $24 million course will be managed by the Bayou District Foundation, which oversees the North Course in the park as well.

Previously, Bayou District Foundation redeveloped the St. Bernard Public Housing Development to create Columbia Parc in 2010. The 53-acre site is now part of a Bayou District that includes an early education school, a planned K-8 public charter school and a college prep public high school two blocks away. J.T. Hannan, director of public and governmental affairs, said the district includes families from three income levels – low income, public income and market rate – which diversifies the housing complex. Continue reading »

Mar 302017

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

By Claire Byun

The championship golf course set to open in City Park next month is near completion, though some last-minute additions are still under construction.

City Park’s Board of Directors met Tuesday and discussed the $24 million project before it’s opening date next month. The course, which sparked controversy from the public and nature activists over the past few years, will feature solar-powered “bubbles” in several lagoons and other energy-efficient designs. Continue reading »

Mar 152017

The annual Hike the Lafitte Greenway event has changed its starting point, though the rest of the route remains unchanged.

The family-friendly hiking event will begin at Lemann Playground, 628 N. Claiborne Ave., at 9:30 a.m. on March 25. The annual event ends with a block party at Second Line Brewing at noon. Continue reading »

Feb 242017

Friends of Lafitte Greenway will present the 11th Annual Hike the Lafitte Greenway on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The family-friendly hiking event will begin at Congo Square at 9:30 a.m. and end with a block party at Second Line Brewing at 12 p.m.

The Hike will include a guided 3-mile walking tour featuring live entertainment by To Be Continued Brass Band, Washitaw Nation, the Congo Square Preservation Society Drummers, Secondhand Street Band, and more. Continue reading »

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

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

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 »