The partnership between Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
and Friends of the Lafitte Corridor (FOLC) in New Orleans bore some wonderful fruit earlier
this month, with almost 400 people taking part in the annual Hike the Lafitte
Check out a photo slideshow of the event, courtesy of RTC
The record number of participants notably included 300
first-timers, illustrating the great success RTC and FOLC have had engaging the broader community as “cheerleaders” and educators for the Lafitte
Corridor, a 3.1-mile section of unused rail corridor and portage canal that supporters are planning to develop into a greenway and linear park.
Organizers were excited to see U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu,
D-La., and New Orleans City Council members Arnie
Fielkow and Susan Guidry join the celebration on the corridor, demonstrating increased political support to move trail development forward.
“It was energizing
to see hundreds of people walking along the corridor,” says Kelly Pack, manager
of trail development for RTC. Pack, along with fellow RTC staffers Stephen Miller and
Lindsay Martin, have been working closely with FOLC during the past few years to bring designs for the Lafitte Corridor to life. “The hike provided a
wonderful opportunity for community members to learn more about the corridor
and to envision how they will use the greenway once it’s built," says Pack. "We were
thrilled to be a part of this event.”
According to FOLC, the city of New Orleans has signed the contract with a
local design firm and has issued a “notice to proceed” with trail- and
recreation-orientated development of the Lafitte Corridor.
“In other words, this is very real,” FOLC writes. Stay tuned.
We are so grateful for RTC's support. You really helped make this hike a fantastic event.
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