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May 182017
 

Tryouts for New Orleans Spartans FC, a competitive youth soccer club, are being held now through June to fill teams for the 2017-2018 season. 

New Orleans Spartans FC (NOSFC) was founded in 2013 with a mission to help young soccer players develop into skillful athletes, supportive teammates and quality human beings.   NOSFC provides rigorous training, professional coaching and the infrastructure and resources to accomplish these goals.  Continue reading »

Apr 282017
 

Tryouts for New Orleans Spartans FC, a competitive youth soccer club, are being held now through June to fill teams for the 2017-2018 season. 

New Orleans Spartans FC (NOSFC) was founded in 2013 with a mission to help young soccer players develop into skillful athletes, supportive teammates and quality human beings.   NOSFC provides rigorous training, professional coaching and the infrastructure and resources to accomplish these goals.  Continue reading »

Apr 272017
 

City Park’s new 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
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

City Park has been running at a budget surplus for several months, but most of the excess stems from a state-mandated order against pay raises for the park’s staff.

Operating results for March exceeded the park’s budget by a little over $100,000. Revenues slightly exceeded what the park had planned, but the kicker comes from a major dip in expenses. Most of that stems from the park’s inability to give staff a yearly merit pay raise, which was mandated by the state legislature last year.

“There was money budgeted for a merit pay increase, if we were permitted to do so,” said City Park CEO Bob Becker. “And we were not permitted by the state.” Continue reading »

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
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

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
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

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
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

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 »