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Fortier Park cleanup planned for Saturday

(Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association)

Hurricane Ida and a summer of rampant weed growth have left their mark on Alcée Fortier Park, the triangular green space on Esplanade Avenue between Grand Route St. John and Mystery Street. The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association plans to remedy that with a cleanup day on Saturday (Oct. 16).

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will clear out trash and debris and trim, weed and mulch the plant beds.

The park is the site of an annual Halloween event for children. “Let’s clean up the park for all our little goblins, fairies and super heroes to enjoy this Halloween,” a notice on the cleanup reads.

Trash and Cayratia japonica, a highly invasive weed commonly called bushkiller vine, invade a seating area near Grand Route St. John. (Mid-City Messenger)

Neighbors and the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association have been maintaining and improving the park since it was revived with a major renovation in 1999. Dedicated as a public park in 1926, the land was originally home to Alcée Fortier Elementary School until the 1920s.

The National Weather Service promises a pleasant day on Saturday with highs in the 70s.

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