NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced plans for the fourth NOLA FOR LIFE Day on Saturday, July 20, 2013, and invited all residents to join him in a revitalization effort in and around Norwood Thompson Playground in the Gert Town neighborhood.
Volunteer activities at the July 20 event will take place from 9am to 1pm at Norwood Thompson Playground which is located at 7200 Forshey Street.
“I am thrilled to announce plans for a fourth NOLA FOR LIFE Day,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “These events provide an opportunity for citizens, community organizations and the City to work together as one to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. I invite residents from Gert Town and across the City to join us as we continue to make New Orleans a safer place to live.”
“I look forward to us rolling up our sleeves to do the hard work of bringing Gert Town back and making the neighborhood better than ever before, but our efforts won’t stop with street repairs, lighting improvement or blight reduction,” said LaToya Cantrell, Councilmember District B. “I will continue working with the mayor’s office and City departments to continue to listen to the needs and concerns of Gert Town residents and being a presence on the ground in this very important neighborhood. I am grateful for the mayor’s leadership in tackling these infrastructure improvements and his commitment to NOLA FOR LIFE.”
Volunteer activities will include improvements to enhance the surrounding area of Norwood Thompson Playground. Those interested in volunteering can click here to register.
NOLA FOR LIFE Day also will include blight eradication and public safety enhancements from City departments and agencies including Code Enforcement & Hearings Bureau, NOPD (Quality of Life officers), Sanitation, NORA, NORDC, Public Works, Parks & Parkways, Neighborhood Engagement Office, Mosquito, Rodent & Termite Control Board, and Sewerage and Water Board. Projects around the neighborhood include: installation of energy efficient light bulbs with Green Light New Orleans and smoke detectors with the New Orleans Fire Department, cleaning and marking of storm drains with Bayou Land along with canvassing and cleaning up the neighborhood.
In advance of the July 20 event, the Department of Public Works has canvassed these areas to identify and repair non-working street lights, as well-lit streets are a deterrent to criminal behavior. Missing street signs, abandoned cars, overgrown lots and other nuisances have been identified.
In addition, there will be a resource fair at the park with representatives from City and partner agencies on hand to share useful information to the public. Fit NOLA Parks will also conduct a community engagement to better understand future programming at the event.
NOLA FOR LIFE Day will conclude with a celebration featuring food and music.
For more information on NOLA FOR LIFE, visit nolaforlife.org.