NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced plans for the fifth NOLA FOR LIFE Day on Saturday, October 12, 2013, and invited all residents to join him in a revitalization effort in and around St. Roch Park in the St. Roch neighborhood.
Activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the newly renovated St. Roch Park located at 1800 St. Roch Avenue.
“I am happy to join with the St. Roch community for our fifth NOLA for Life Day,” said Mayor Landrieu. “This day will serve as another example of how successful partnerships can help rebuild our neighborhoods and improve quality of life.”
District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, said “My team and I are glad to work with the Mayor to bring together St. Roch residents, City employees, non-profit groups and other volunteers, with a shared goal to improve public safety. We will be working on projects to enhance sites in and around St. Roch Park. NOLA FOR LIFE reduces the violence in our city by addressing crime’s root causes, and it is an important tool in building sustainable neighborhoods.”
“I’m excited about NOLA FOR LIFE Day coming to St. Roch,” said District D Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. “This is an active, vibrant neighborhood and a great opportunity for the community to pull together and continue making a difference.”
Volunteer activities will include improvements to the area surrounding St. Roch Park. Citizens interested in volunteering can click here to register.
Project activities include: installation of energy efficient light bulbs with Green Light New Orleans and smoke detectors with the New Orleans Fire Department, tree planting with Hike for KaTREEna and cleaning up the neighborhood.
In advance of NOLA for Life Day, city departments and agencies including Department of Public Works, 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 are conducting curb-to-curb and public safety enhancements.
During the event, the City will host a resource fair at the park with representatives from various City and partner agencies available to share and discuss beneficial information with the public. Fit NOLA Parks will also conduct a community engagement event to better understand future programming.
NOLA FOR LIFE Day will conclude with a celebration featuring food and music from DJ Wild Wayne.
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 http://www.nolaforlife.org/ and tune in to NOLA FOR LIFE original programming 24/7 on Cox Cable Channel 99.