In 2017, NRPA Parks Build Community project was located along the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans, Louisiana. Connecting the French Quarter to City Park, the greenway had been an essential travel and shipping corridor from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain for more than two centuries. Since the mid-2000s, local community members and elected officials have focused their efforts on reinvigorating the area after years of decline and the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.

This Parks Build Community project took place in conjunction with the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Lousiana. 




NRPA’s Parks Build Community is a national program demonstrating the transformative value of parks on the health and vitality of communities throughout our country. The vision to build and revitalize parks as thriving gathering places for youth, families and adults is one shared by NRPA, its industry and nonprofit partners, as well as the thousands of park and recreation professionals who develop and maintain these treasured public places.

Thanks to the support of generous companies, Lafitte Greenway was transformed into a high quality and inviting public space.


Please email Gina Cohen at with questions or to help with future projects.

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