NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City of New Orleans, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), and The Trust for Public Land announced the reopening of the newly renovated Mickey Markey Park at 700 Piety Street in the Bywater neighborhood. The Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit dedicated to conservation, raised private philanthropic dollars to supplement an US Army Corps of Engineers Grant for the $500,000 project and worked in partnership with the City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways, NORDC, the Friends of NORD, and the Bywater Neighborhood Association to redevelop and enhance Mickey Markey Park.
“Community parks and green spaces like Mickey Markey Park serve as important gathering places and strengthen neighborhoods,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “I want to thank The Trust for Public Land for their generous donation toward the improvements at the newly enhanced green space in the Bywater neighborhood. Great partnerships like this are helping us build the city we always knew we could be.”
Cindy Brown, The Trust for Public Land’s Louisiana State Director said, “A new era for Mickey Markey Park begins today and its improvements will make it a welcome gathering place for everyone in the neighborhood and the city. The Trust for Public Land was proud to have played a key role in funding and managing the redevelopment of Mickey Markey Park.”
Improvements to Mickey Markey Park include new concrete walkways, upgraded fencing around the existing children’s play area, benches, and landscaping, and lead remediation. The perimeter fence was removed making Mickey Markey Park more welcoming as an all-access, flexible green space.
Vic Richard, CEO of NORDC said, “This is another exciting day for NORDC. The reopening of Mickey Markey Park adds another vital resource to our parks and playgrounds. We will continue to grow and connect neighborhoods and communities for the betterment of our entire city.”
Roy Glapion, NORDC Chairman said, “The reopening of Mickey Markey Park is a big win for NORDC and The Trust for Public Land. This is a proof positive of the great things that can be accomplished through public-private partnerships.”
About The Trust for Public Land
Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. Operating from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness and helped generate more than $34 billion in public funds for conservation. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Learn more at www.tpl.org.