NEW ORLEANS, LA – Over 125 volunteers joined Mayor Mitch Landrieu along with City officials, local community organizations, and residents for the fifth “NOLA FOR LIFE Day” on Saturday, October 12, 2013. The event, a component of the Mayor’s NOLA FOR LIFE comprehensive murder reduction strategy, was held at St. Roch Park and motivated citizens to join efforts geared towards revitalizing neighborhoods in high crime areas.
View photos from the fifth NOLA FOR LIFE Day
"NOLA FOR LIFE Day has once again connected residents from neighborhoods across the metro area,” said Mayor Landrieu. “Volunteers contributed great effort towards getting involved and rebuilding neighborhoods. We are all working together to create a safer community.”
Click here to watch video of Mayor Landrieu welcoming volunteers
City Council President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson said, “St. Roch is a most deserving neighborhood that has needed this special help. Thank you to the Administration for bringing NOLA for Life to this area. I’m sure the neighborhood association, NORDC St. Roch Park boosters and church members are very thankful for this uniting of the community.”
District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer said, “NOLA FOR LIFE DAY in St. Roch demonstrated to the entire community, but particularly to the young people growing up in this historic neighborhood, that citizens from across the city came together to work toward improving their safety and quality of life. Visionary neighborhood leaders like Reggie Lawson can provide only the first crucial steps in building sustainable neighborhoods, and it is the responsibility of each one of us to take the next steps to create our shared future.”
“NOLA FOR LIFE Day was a great event, the residents came together and really showed that they are a true community," said District D Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. “I want to thank everyone that came out for all of their hard work improving St. Roch today.”
Volunteers canvassed the surrounding area and installed 244 energy efficient light bulbs with Green Light New Orleans, installed 14 smoke detectors, painted 7 trash cans, 3 benches and 20 light poles with the New Orleans Fire Department, filled 14 trash bags with NOLA Trash Mob, planted 24 trees and distributed 100 trees to neighbors with Hike for KaTREEna, cleaned and marked 84 catch basins with Bayou Land, installed two bike racks with Where Ya’ Rack and installed three basketball goals.
NOLA FOR LIFE Day also included a FIT NOLA Parks community engagement event and a resource fair with representatives from City and partner agencies to share information with the public. Participants included: New Orleans Fire Department, the New Orleans Health Department, New Orleans Office of Community Development, Action Against Addiction, Audubon Nature Institute, Bayou Land Resource Conservation & Development Council, Center for Hope Children and Family Services, Divine Intervention Rehabilitation, Evacuteer.org, Global Green, Green Light New Orleans, Job1 Business and Career Solution Center, LSU AgCenter, National Child and Family Services, Playworks, S&WB and Stand Up for Each Other. Additional partners include Costco, Coca Cola and the Faubourg St. Roch Improvement Association.
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 demolished 2 homes, cut 45 overgrown lots, repaired 24 damaged signs, replaced 10 traffic signs, removed 6 street sign poles, installed 18 street name signs, cleaned 59 illegal dumping locations, repaired 29 street light outages, converted 429 streetlights to LED, repaved 4 street blocks, serviced 4 water lines, trimmed 29 trees, removed 7 trees, removed 161 tires from dumping sites and mowed 10 green space and medians.
About NOLA FOR LIFE
Developed in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy. 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 advances initiatives in five main categories including: Stop the Shooting, Invest in Prevention, Promote Jobs and Opportunity, Improve 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.