NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced plans for the seventh NOLA FOR LIFE Day on Saturday, June 7, 2014, and invited all residents to join in on the community revitalization effort.
Activities will take place from in and around Stallings Gentilly Playground at 1600 Gentilly Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Public safety is our number one priority so we’re staying the course to create safe communities across the city. This event will make the seventh time that residents, volunteers, and community partners have come together to improve the quality of life for our families and our children. We invite anyone who is ready to roll up their sleeves and who wants to learn about essential community resources to come out and get involved in NOLA FOR LIFE Day,” said Mayor Landrieu, who will also host a recruitment event for the New Orleans Police Department at the nearby Langston Hughes Academy from 10 a.m. – 2pm on Saturday.
“Improvements to parks and play spaces always encourage more usage and activity. Revitalization of these spaces brings families, friends and neighbors together—and we know that leads to healthy, safer and stronger communities,” said Council President Stacy Head.
“I support the Mayor’s effort to spotlight this area and community. These NOLA FOR LIFE Days do a good job raising the profile of areas in need. We must continue to support these neighborhoods on this day and each and every day,” said Council-at-Large Jason Williams.
"I am pleased to see a focused effort to improve the conditions at Stallings Playground and the surrounding community. Stallings is a centerpiece of a great New Orleans neighborhood,” said District D Councilmember Jared Brossett.
Volunteer activities will include improvements to Stallings Gentilly Playground and the surrounding area.
In advance of NOLA FOR LIFE Day, City departments and agencies including NOLA311, Department of Public Works, Code Enforcement & Hearings Bureau, NOPD (Quality of Life officers), Sanitation, NORA, NORDC, Public Works, Parks & Parkways, Neighborhood Engagement Office, Mosquito, Rodent & Termite Control Board, and Sewerage and Water Board are assessing public safety enhancements within the neighborhood surrounding the playground.
During the event, the City will host representatives from various City and partner agencies available to share information with the public.
NOLA FOR LIFE Day will conclude with a celebration featuring food and music.
Launched in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive murder reduction strategy to tackle the city's historically high murder rate. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem, and implements initiatives in five main categories: Stop the Shooting; Invest in Prevention, Promote Jobs and Opportunity, Strengthen the NOPD, and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods.
For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org and tune in to NOLA FOR LIFE original programming 24/7 on Cox Cable Channel 99.