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UPDATE: Saturday’s event has been canceled and rescheduled for Jan. 11.

At a "Fight the Blight" event in March 2011, Mayor Mitch Landrieu paints a gate around the pool at Taylor Park in Hoffman Triangle with Laquinn Huey, who was 8 at the time. NOLA For Life Day, a continuation of those efforts, will be held Saturday at A.L. Davis Park in Central City. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

At a “Fight the Blight” event in March 2011, Mayor Mitch Landrieu paints a gate around the pool at Taylor Park in Hoffman Triangle with Laquinn Huey, who was 8 at the time. NOLA For Life Day, a continuation of those efforts, will be held Saturday at A.L. Davis Park in Central City. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The city of New Orleans will bring a host of governmental agencies and nonprofits to A.L. Davis Playground in Central City on Saturday for the sixth “NOLA For Life” Day in an effort to reduce crime in the city through improving quality of life.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park, at the corner of Washington and LaSalle. For details, see the news release from the city below:

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced plans for the sixth NOLA FOR LIFE Day on Saturday, December 14, 2013, and invited all residents to join him in a revitalization effort in and around A.L. Davis Playground in the Central City neighborhood.

Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the A.L. Davis Playground located at 2600 LaSalle Street.

Click here to register to participate in NOLA FOR LIFE Day

“I am excited to announce plans for our sixth NOLA FOR LIFE Day in Central City,” said Mayor Landrieu. “This is an opportunity for us to continue working together to address public safety concerns in our neighborhoods by encouraging residents to get involved and rebuild together. Improving the quality of life is a top priority and we all have to do our part in building safe neighborhoods for our families across the city.”

“This Central City neighborhood has suffered from crime, violence, needless deaths, broken families and trauma,” said District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell. “Residents welcome initiatives from the City to address crime and quality of life. Our partnership with them through NOLA FOR LIFE will be an important step in the right direction.”

Volunteer activities will include improvements to the area surrounding A.L. Davis Playground.

Project activities include: installation of energy efficient light bulbs with Green Light New Orleans and smoke detectors with the New Orleans Fire Department, tree planting and landscaping with Hike for KaTREEna, painting, bench building and other activities inside the park with Rebuilding Together New Orleans.

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 a resource fair at the park with 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 from DJ Wild Wayne.

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.

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