NEW ORLEANS, LA– Over 250 volunteers joined Mayor Mitch Landrieu, District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, City officials, local community organizations, and residents for the third NOLA FOR LIFE Day on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The event, which took place at McDonogh Playground in Algiers, was a part of the Mayor’s NOLA FOR LIFE comprehensive murder reduction strategy, which motivates citizens to join efforts geared towards revitalizing neighborhoods in high crime areas.
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"NOLA FOR LIFE is about making our neighborhoods safer and enhancing the quality of life for our residents,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We were able to garner the participation and support of City employees, residents, neighborhood associations, local non-profits and volunteers to all come together and help us reach our goal of making changes that improve public safety.”
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District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer said, "This was a great day. It's another step in our city's ongoing effort to revitalize our communities in Algiers."
Volunteers built and installed 14 park benches, painted 20 trash cans, painted over graffiti at the field house, installed a baseball diamond, and planted trees at McDonogh Playground in partnership with Rebuilding Together New Orleans and Hike for KaTREEna.
In addition to the volunteers’ work to improve the playground and clean up the neighborhood, the effort included infrastructure improvements from City departments and agencies including Public Works, Parks & Parkways, Sanitation, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), Code Enforcement, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), Mosquito and Termite Control Board and the Sewerage & Water Board. In the target area in Algiers, the City filled 294 potholes, replaced 21 catch basins, repaired 36 street signs, cut 6 lots of overgrown grass, patched roadways, repaired 436 street lights, removed abandoned vehicles and tires, repaired 30 water leaks, treated 107 storm drains, inspected 70 blighted properties and demolished 1 blighted property.
NOLA FOR LIFE Day featured a resource fair with participation by more than 30 local agencies and organizations and refreshments provided by Coca Cola and Revolution Foods.
NOLA FOR LIFE Day also featured fun activities and health information through the New Orleans Play Streets program in partnership with Louisiana Blue Cross Blue Shield, and with the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and Partnership for a Healthier America. The City closed the street to traffic and opened the space to the community to create an area where kids and families could play and be active.
More than 50 organizations supported and participated in NOLA FOR LIFE Day including:
Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council, Algiers Riverside Neighborhood Association, American Red Cross - Southeast LA Chapter, Bike Easy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Coca Cola, Common Ground Health Clinic, Dalai Lama Nola Community Outreach, Delgado Community College, Department of Code Enforcement, Department of Parks & Parkways, Department of Public Works, Department of Sanitation, DJ Wild Wayne, Elevate New Orleans, Global Green/NOLA Wise, Healthy Start New Orleans, Hike for Katreena, JOB1, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, KidsWalk Coalition at Tulane University's Prevention Research Center, Louisiana SPCA, LSU AgCenter, Mosquito & Termite Control Board, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, New Orleans Council on Aging/ADRC, New Orleans Fire Department, New Orleans Health Department, New Orleans Kids Partnership, New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Public Library, NOLA 311, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, NOMTOC, NORDC, Office of Community Development, Office of Neighborhood Engagement, Operation HOPE Financial Dignity Center, Play Streets, Playworks New Orleans, Pride of Algiers Masonic Lodge, Rebuilding Together New Orleans, Revolution Foods, Second Harvest Food Bank, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, Soft Second Mortgage Program, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Southern University at New Orleans, United Way of Southeast Louisiana, and the Young Leadership Council.
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, the NOLA FOR LIFE plan takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem, and divides the plan into 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.