Aug 092016
 
(via nola.gov)

(via nola.gov)

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) will host two Back to School Fall Expos on Saturday, August 13, where families can learn more about NORDC Fall programming, activities and upcoming events such as Athletics, Youth and Teen Programs, Fitness, Dance, Arts, and more. The Fall Expo for the Uptown area will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lyons Recreation Center, 624 Louisiana Avenue, and it is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Jul 292016
 
Shelter 13 near Magazine Street at Audubon Park is fenced in and unused. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Shelter 13 near Magazine Street at Audubon Park is fenced in and unused. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As Audubon Park prepares for upgrades to some of its more popular picnic shelters, officials are asking the public what to do about one such closed structure on Magazine Street. Should the park renovate Shelter 13, tear it down for green space, or convert it into a security station? Continue reading »

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Jul 062016
 
Children play dodgeball during the Freret Get-Together at Evans Park in December 2014. The event was hosted by the Evans Park Booster Club, with activities organized by Eric and Claudean Capers of Anytime Fitness. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of Freret Neighborhood Center)

Children play dodgeball during the Freret Get-Together at Evans Park in December 2014. The event was hosted by the Evans Park Booster Club, with activities organized by Eric and Claudean Capers of Anytime Fitness. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of Freret Neighborhood Center)

The Urban Conservancy and the national landscape architecture firm of Asakura Robinson will host a workshop this weekend aimed at bolstering the public outreach requirements and revenue goals for parks in New Orleans through amendments to the city’s master plan. Continue reading »

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Jun 302016
 
Lion cub statues play on the Audubon Zoo sign on Magazine Street, and live lions could be playing inside the zoo as well by 2019, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lion cub statues play on the Audubon Zoo sign on Magazine Street, and live lions could be playing inside the zoo as well by 2019, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Right on the orange-and-black tail of the arrival of a new Malayan tiger, Audubon Zoo officials are planning a new exhibit that would bring lions back to New Orleans and are hoping the city can pitch in $5 million to help. Continue reading »

Jun 282016
 
A Malayan tiger photographed at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2012. (Creative Commons image by Charles Barrilleaux via Flickr)

A Malayan tiger photographed at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2012. (Creative Commons image by Charles Barrilleaux via Flickr)

The Audubon Commission may still not have a plan for notifying the New Orleans neighbors about proposed changes to its green spaces, but the Zoo may have something even more exciting in the meantime: a new Malayan tiger, one of just a few hundred members of its critically endangered species in the world. Continue reading »

May 122016
 
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Local marketing agency RAPJAB will host Fly Fest 2016 this Saturday, May 14 at The Fly at Audubon Park. The potluck-style event will feature free crawfish and libations while supplies last, as well as a water balloon dodgeball tournament, cocktail competition, and field games. Continue reading »

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May 102016
 
Oliver Houck, a Tulane University law professor noted for his work on environmental protection, speaks at a meeting of the Audubon Commission on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Oliver Houck, a Tulane University law professor noted for his work on environmental protection, speaks at a meeting of the Audubon Commission on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors who frequent Audubon Park expressed two top priorities on Tuesday night — a short-term goal of improving the bathrooms on The Fly, and a long-term goal of creating a community-driven master plan to guide the future of the popular recreation space.

Meanwhile, they also learned the latest plans for the reconstruction of Magazine Street through the area — currently scheduled to begin some time in 2017. Continue reading »

Apr 272016
 
J.P. France, Tulane redshirt sophomore pitcher, throws the ball in the first inning of their game against LSU at Turchin stadium. The Green Wave beat the Tigers 4-1.

J.P. France, Tulane redshirt sophomore pitcher, throws the ball in the first inning of their game against LSU at Turchin stadium. The Green Wave beat the Tigers 4-1.

By Lindsay Caton for Uptown Messenger

Tulane played strong defense Tuesday night against a top 15 ranked LSU team to come up with a big 4-1 victory over the Tigers. Continue reading »

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Apr 192016
 
The LaFon Fountain in its prime, in a photo dating to the 1970s. (courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon Fountain in a photo dating to the 1970s. (courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

Members of the Coliseum Square Association are planning a fundraising push to better service the parks and fountains throughout the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Apr 012016
 

The City of New Orleans will continue the eleventh season of NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball at 7 p.m. this Saturday, April 2. Its purpose is to provide safe recreational opportunities in crime hot spots for young men through mentorship, support and basketball. The event will feature remarks from Marcus Hall of SPAWAR and information on how coding may help further job opportunities. Continue reading »

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Mar 282016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Feb. 15. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Feb. 15. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Carrollton Boosters are withdrawing their plan to create a new sports complex on the Audubon Riverview park known as The Fly, following two months of protests by activists who said the project claimed too much valuable open space along the Mississippi River. Continue reading »

Mar 142016
 
A view from the ballfield of the new concessions building planned for Cuccia-Byrnes plaground. (via City of New Orleans)

A view from the ballfield of the new concessions building planned for Cuccia-Byrnes plaground. (via City of New Orleans)

The existing concessions stand at Cuccia Byrnes (via City of New Orleans)

The existing concessions stand at Cuccia Byrnes (via City of New Orleans)

The city of New Orleans approved plans Monday morning for a new concessions building to replace the aging structure at the Cuccia-Byrnes playground, where the Carrollton Boosters operate baseball fields they recently described as vital to their programming. Continue reading »

Mar 042016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Feb. 15. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Feb. 15. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell is “considering” a request made Thursday by opponents of the proposed Carrollton Boosters sports complex for a committee meeting to discuss the possibility of an Interim Zoning District over the The Fly at Audubon Park. Continue reading »

Feb 172016
 

By Lindsay Caton for UptownMessenger.com

newmanThe Isidore Newman School boys’ soccer team dominated Westminster Christian Academy with a 4-1 final score on Tuesday, ending the Crusaders’ seven-game win streak and advancing to the next round of the Division IV playoffs. Continue reading »

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Feb 152016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Opposition is becoming more organized to a new Carrollton Boosters soccer complex that would take up part of The Fly recreation area behind Audubon Park, after a prominent neighborhood association voted to express its concern over the project, more than 100 people held a “Save the Fly” rally at the site on Sunday and the controversy is now drawing interest from the City Council. Continue reading »