NEW ORLEANS, LA – Over 125 volunteers joined Mayor Mitch Landrieu along with City officials, local community organizations, and residents for the sixth NOLA FOR LIFE Day on Saturday, January 11, 2014. The event, a component of the Mayor’s NOLA FOR LIFE comprehensive murder reduction strategy, was held at A.L. Davis Playground and motivated citizens to join efforts geared towards revitalizing neighborhoods in high crime areas.
View photos from the sixth NOLA FOR LIFE Day
“NOLA FOR LIFE is an all hands on deck program that requires everyone to get involved,” said Mayor Landrieu. “This weekend we made real progress toward improving the quality of life and safety for residents of the Central City neighborhood and I want to thank all the residents, partners and City employees who came out to make it happen.”
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City Council President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson said, “Central City is where the NOLA FOR LIFE Days started and is a very deserving neighborhood to receive this help again. Thank you to the Administration and Councilmember Cantrell for bringing NOLA FOR LIFE back to this area. This continued uniting of the community is an important step in addressing crime and quality of life issues."
Councilmember at Large Stacy Head said, “I am delighted by the focused effort of the Administration in a neighborhood that has historically been plagued by crime. Central City is on the verge of an economic renaissance, and the collaboration between the criminal justice community, law enforcement, human services and the City is essential to reducing the crime rate and improving our economy and quality of life.”
District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell said, "My heart is full today after watching these residents unite to improve their neighborhood. This was about friends and families putting more sweat equity into making Central City a better, safer place. But make no mistake, today was not an ending, but a beginning and we will continue working with these residents for as long as it takes."
Volunteers canvassed the surrounding area and installed 185 energy efficient light bulbs and kits with Green Light New Orleans, installed 18 smoke detectors, painted 8 trash cans, 1 pool house, 2 pieces of playground equipment, 6 benches and 8 light poles with the New Orleans Fire Department, filled 20 trash bags with NOLA Trash Mob, installed 6 garden beds, planted 18 trees and distributed 40 trees to neighbors with Hike for KaTREEna and distributed 45 flu shots.
NOLA FOR LIFE Day also included a resource fair at the park with representatives from various City and partner agencies available to share and discuss beneficial information with the public.
Participating organizations and agencies included: New Orleans Fire Department, the New Orleans Health Department, New Orleans Office of Community Development, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, American Red Cross, Audubon Nature Institute, CASA, CeaseFire New Orleans, Children’s Hospital Tooth Bus, Communities in School, CORE USA, Daughters of Charity, Each One Save One, Global Green, Goodwill, Green Light New Orleans, Harmony Oaks Neighborhood Association, JOB1 Business and Career Solution Center, LSU AgCenter, New Orleans Kids Partnership, NORDC Teen Council, Playworks, Son of a Saint, STAIR and YLC Kicks.
In addition to the volunteers’ work, the effort included blight eradication and beautification efforts from City departments including Public Works, Parks & Parkways, Sanitation, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), Code Enforcement/New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), and the Sewerage & Water Board and the Neighborhood Engagement Office. In all, the City cleared trash at 24 locations, removed vegetation from 1 vacant lot, sprayed weed control/growth regulator at 9 locations, cut 4 overgrown lots, repaired 33 damaged signs, filled 165 potholes, towed 15 vehicles, cleaned 59 illegal dumping locations, repaired 130 street light outages, converted 288 streetlights to LED, trimmed 29 trees, removed 9 trees, removed 161 tires from dumping sites and mowed 10 green space and neutral grounds.
About NOLA FOR LIFE
Launched in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive murder reduction strategy to tackle the city's historically high murder rate. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem, and implements initiatives in five main categories: Stop the Shooting, Invest in Prevention, Promote Jobs and Opportunity, Strengthen the NOPD and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org and tune in to NOLA FOR LIFE original programming 24/7 on Cox Cable Channel 99.