Mayor Landrieu lauds 3rd NOLA For Life Day participation
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 20th. 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.
"NOLA FOR LIFE is about making our neighborhoods safer and enhancing the quality of life for our residents," said Mayor 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."
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. 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.
More than 50 organizations supported and participated in NOLA FOR LIFE Day.