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Fortier Park cleanup scheduled for Saturday morning

Alcée Fortier Park (via Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association)

Alcée Fortier Park is due for a spring cleaning, so volunteers are gathering Saturday (May 1) morning from 8 to 11:30 a.m. to cut back freeze damaged plants, weed and mulch the beds, and plant some warm season flowers.

Volunteers are also needed to install a fountain and to sweep and clean up the  perimeter of the park.

The triangle of greenspace bordered by Esplanade Avenue, Grand Route St. John Street and Mystery Street is maintained through volunteer efforts. The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association is sponsoring Saturday’s cleanup.

Coffee, snacks and other refreshments will be available during the cleanup, and volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves, pruning shears, shovels and other gardening tools.

Click here to sign up for a morning with your neighbors in Fortier Park. Service hour letters can be provided for students who volunteer.

For information, write to brogerlondon@gmail.com or call 504-237-2532.

If you can’t make it Saturday but still want to help maintain this neighborhood treasure, financial donations for Fortier Park are welcome and are tax deductible.

Dedicated as a public park in 1926, this 0.39-acre triangular parcel was renovated through neighborhood efforts in 1999. It is named after Creole philanthropist and scholar of romance languages Alcée Fortier, who owned property in the Esplanade Ridge neighborhood.

The park was created when Esplanade Avenue cut through the existing rectangular parcel fronting Bayou St. John. The land was originally home to Alcée Fortier Elementary School until the 1920s, when the school was demolished and the park was established in its place.

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