Citywide Park and Recreation Master Plan Workshop – March 8, 2023

March 8, 2023, 6pm – 7:30pm, Morris F.X. Jeff Recreation Center, 2529 Gen. Meyer Ave.

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The Big Green Easy is a citywide park and recreation vision plan for all of New Orleans. It has two driving principles:

  • Equity—a commitment to a just, fair, and inclusive park and recreation system that is tailored to meet the unique needs of New Orleans’ communities, particularly those that are currently underserved.
  • Resilience—harnessing the potential of the citywide park system to absorb stormwater, protect critical wildlife habitat, and support the city’s social fabric and cultural lifeways.

The master plan process will be led by the Office of Youth and Families and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) in partnership with the Park Partners – Parks and Parkways, City Park, and Audubon Nature Institute. The plan will also engage various city departments including the Office of Resilience, the Office Neighborhood Engagement and the City Planning Commission.

Community engagement is a core priority of the plan and there will be many opportunities for residents to get involved and share feedback. 

Community Engagment Opportunities

Check out the information below to get involved and share your feedback with us.

Park and Recreation Survey

We want to hear from you! The planning team is starting a five-month conversation with you, staff, partners, stakeholders and other local experts to make this the best plan it can be. To start, we want to better understand:

  • Who the park and recreation system is (or is not) serving,
  • What your needs and challenges are, and
  • Any park and greenway opportunities you see that we should explore.

To accomplish this goal, we developed a 10-minute survey to share your input with us. 

Click here to complete the survey.

Park Ambassadors

Do you love New Orleans’ parks? Do you want to make our parks and recreation facilities better for current and future generations?

Join the Big Green Easy planning team as a Park Ambassador!

As paid members of the planning team for the citywide parks and recreation vision plan, Park Ambassadors will:

  • Help the planning team develop outreach and engagement strategies that are tailored to their communities, to increase awareness and plan participation.
  • Organize and lead community-based events—such as pop-up workshops, bus stop surveys or ‘meetings in a box’—that make it easier for more people to participate in the planning process.
  • Organize feedback results and report back to the rest of the planning team in a format that allows those results to be weighed alongside others from citywide public workshops and online surveys.

Park Ambassadors will receive training and materials to support their work. Each Ambassador will earn a stipend of $2,400 for their time and expertise. We anticipate each Park Ambassador will contribute up to 80 hours over the course of the plan engagement process from March to May 2023.

Click here to apply to be a Park Ambassador. 

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