NEW ORLEANS, LA – On Saturday, November 9, the City’s Department of Parks and Parkways will partner with the local organization Hike for KaTREEna to give away 500 native Louisiana trees. The latest installment of the Big TREEsy Giveaway will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Brechtel Park, 4001 Lennox Avenue in Algiers.
The following types of trees will be available: Little Gem Magnolia, Japanese Magnolia, Mimosa, Tulip Poplar, Mayhaw, Red Maple, Red Bud, Red Mulberry, Fringe, Southern Red Cedar, Lobloloy Pine, Crape Myrtle, Green Ash, Bald Cypress, Live Oak and Pecan.
A landscape architect from Parks and Parkways will be on hand to assist with selection of the 3-5 gallon trees. There is a limit of two trees per household.
The giveaway is part of Hike for KaTREEna’s ongoing efforts to replace over 100,000 trees lost in Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
“We are excited to partner again with Hike for KaTREEna to help reforest our beautiful city,” said Parks and Parkways Director Ann Macdonald. “Trees are not only esthetically pleasing, they offer endless environmental benefits such as cleaning the air, preventing soil erosion and saving water.”
Saturday’s event will include a fruit tree sale to support Hike for KaTREEna’s efforts. Attendees can purchase the following trees for $25 each: satusuma, navel orange, Meyer lemon, Key lime, Ruby Red grapefruit, kumquat, LSU Purple fig and Brown Turkey fig.
The event is presented in partnership with District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson. The City is also working in cooperation with Westbank Redevelopment Corporation (WRC), a local non-profit organization that supports community improvement projects on the west bank of Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
During the giveaway, City officials and WRC Chairman of the Board, Theo Sanders will dedicate a new asphalt walking path at Brechtel Park. WRC sponsored the 1,981 linear foot trail, which winds along the wooded perimeter of the park and provides prime bird-watching opportunities. The trail was funded through an $87,000 Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Recreational Trails Grant.
The long-term vision for the trail includes exercise stations with connections to additional soft-surface trails throughout a restored forest ecosystem. The dedication will take place at 10 a.m.
Hike for KaTREEna is a non-profit organization whose mission is to replant over 100,000 trees to replace those lost to Hurricane Katrina, and now Hurricane Isaac. The trees have been generously provided by a grant from the Apache Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Apache Corporation.
WHAT: Big TREEsy Giveaway and Brechtel Park Perimeter Trail dedication
WHO: Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer
Ann Macdonald, Parks and Parkways Director
Theo Sanders, Westbank Redevelopment Corporation
WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Tree Giveaway: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Perimeter Trail dedication: 10 a.m.
WHERE: Brechtel Park
4001 Lennox Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70131