NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced plans for the third NOLA FOR LIFE Day on Saturday, April 20, 2013, and invited all residents to join him in a revitalization effort in and around McDonogh Park in Algiers.
Volunteer activities at the April 20 event will take place from 9am to noon at McDonogh Park, 1500 Teche Street in the McDonogh Neighborhood.
“Many people have asked what they can do to help curb the unnatural level of violence in our City, and one way they can make an impact is to help our fellow citizens reclaim their neighborhoods, particularly our most troubled areas,” said Mayor Landrieu. “As part of our NOLA for LIFE murder reduction strategy, we’re asking everyone to get involved and help rebuild our neighborhoods, because we cannot end this cycle of violence alone.”
Volunteer activities will include improvements to the park and projects to enhance the surrounding area. 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. The City will repair street lights, replace missing street signs, remove abandoned cars, cut overgrown lots, and perform code enforcement sweeps.
In advance of April 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.
Partnering with the City of New Orleans in this effort are Rebuilding Together New Orleans, Hike for KaTREEna and Revolution Foods.
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.
NOLA FOR LIFE Day will conclude with a celebration featuring food and music.
For more information on NOLA FOR LIFE, visit http://www.nolaforlife.org.