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A $433.8k grant to support equitable parks access awarded to New Orleans City

Pierre St-Jean

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - On Tuesday, the City of New Orleans announced that it had been chosen as one of six communities across the country to receive a $433,800 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association or NRPA to support the advancement of equitable park access.

This funding has been awarded to the Mayor's Office of Youth and Families and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission or NORDC, to support the development of a citywide parks and recreation master plan – a strategy to build an equitable and resilient park and recreation system accessible to all New Orleanians.

The planning process will involve a diverse range of community-based organizations and residents in order to gather feedback and develop action plans to advance our city's goals.

"We are grateful for the support of NRPA and their commitment to our city’s park system," said Mayor Cantrell.

"Creating a citywide parks and recreation master plan will fulfill a core promise of the 2019 parks millage proposal that voters enthusiastically supported. This master plan will help us to create an equitable and resilient park system that is accessible to all our residents. We know how critical parks and recreation have been to our residents during the pandemic, and this grant will be vital to our city's recovery efforts."

The citywide parks and recreation master plan fulfill Mayor Cantrell's commitment, as well as the commitments made by the four major park agencies - New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, Parks and Parkways, Audubon Nature Institute, and City Park - as part of the 2019 parks and recreation millage proposal, which received 76 percent voter approval.

These agencies, along with the City Planning Commission, Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Engagement, and Office of Resilience, will serve as co-leaders in the planning process.

On July 21, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Park Partners will host a virtual public meeting to discuss the parks master plan in greater detail. Residents can register for the event via Zoom by clicking here.

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