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Jun 192017
 

Golfers enjoy the new golf course in City Park, which asked for $25 million in project funding for the city. That request was denied. (Claire Byun).

By Jamal Melancon
jmelancon@nolamessenger.com

City Park’s capital expenditures have reduced by nearly $300,000 this year, though officials are still fighting to get state and city funding after denial from the City Planning Commission.

Capital expenditures decreased from $840,000 to $550,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, according to the park’s monthly budget statement. The $550,000 is allocated for capital improvement projects.

Bob Becker, City Park CEO, said there is still not enough funding for emergencies like water leaks and utilities improvements for a facility operating at City Park’s large and complex size. The park is almost entirely self funded and is entering its eighth year in a row receiving no general state funding, Becker said. Continue reading »

Jun 092017
 

Final tryouts for New Orleans Spartans FC, a competitive youth soccer club, are being held this weekend 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 »

Jun 022017
 

School’s out for summer! It’s time to take advantage of the great weather and activities that make summer one of the most anticipated seasons. If you’re looking for quality programming and events to keep your family active and make this summer memorable, consider visiting your neighborhood park, pool, or rec center.

Every summer NORD provides residents of New Orleans with an array of quality programming, classes, and events, all at no cost. From swimming lessons, family game nights, fishing, canoeing, summer sports leagues, piano, and dance lessons. There is something for everyone. Continue reading »

Jun 012017
 

Golfers enjoy the new golf course in City Park, which is asking for $25 million in project funding for the city (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

City Park officials are aiming to secure $25 million in capital from the city for infrastructure, sewerage and historic building improvements. The city, however, only has so much money to distribute to more than 20 different entities, including the New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Public Library and the Mayor’s Office.

Fund distribution will ultimately be decided by the City Planning Commission after two days of capital budget requests for next year through 2022. Each public entity is given 30 minutes to pitch their requests to CPC staff, which kickstarted Thursday morning. Continue reading »

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 »