Fighting Poverty with Passion
The Lafitte Greenway was a vision of hundreds of community members that had been tromping through Treme, Lafitte, Mid-City, all the way to Lakeview, as part of an annual ritual. They were tracing a path that existed only in their collective imaginations, picking their way through weeds and dirt, following a dream, and chasing a vision of what they imagined could be a great public green space in the city of New Orleans.
In the early hours of March 5th, 2016 the 10th annual free community Hike the Greenway event commenced. With the continued support of community members and a now three person staffed Friends of Lafitte Greenway, the newly opened Lafitte Greenway welcomed over 700 attendees to Congo Square to begin the 10th annual Hike the Greenway. A community driven Hike that began in 2005 when the space was only a dirt path and strip of railroad.
It was an incredible day for everyone involved. The weather was perfect and the entertainers, staff, and volunteers were ready to educate and entertain. The Hike was lead by almost thirty volunteer Ambassadors who would educate hikers about the history of the space as well as the stormwater management features of the green space. Along the way the hikers would be met with belly dancers, Capoeria, hula hooping, and signs that showed before and after images of the space.
The Hike ended at Second Line Brewing where, in the Lafitte Greenway Master Plan, the Greenway will eventual extend. This is where the Base Camp Block Party was held in celebration of the Hike and the community and as a community visioning session for the extension of the Greenway. It was a powerful and exciting day that allowed for community input and celebration for this great new public space in New Orleans.