The KidsWalk Coalition will host its next Breakfast Roundtable on Community Safety and Enforcement on Thursday, Nov. 8.
The roundtable will be led by Jim Letten, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Dr. Peter Scharf, Research Professor in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; and Joe Sherman, Resident and Member of Carrollton Hollygrove CDC.
Where: Mike’s on the Avenue, 628 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. Breakfast served.
When: 8 to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8.
Thanks to the support of Amerigroup, this event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recreation moved indoors on a rainy spring day as the KidsWalk Coalition hosted its latest Breakfast Roundtable Series event with the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission and Foundation. Building outstanding facilities, partnering with community groups to provide programs, and leveraging private investment were discussed at the event held Thursday, March 22 at Mike’s on the Avenue in downtown New Orleans.
Vic Richard speaks to Roundtable attendees
The roundtable discussion and question-and-answer event gave over 30 local community and children’s’ advocates and public health professionals the chance to directly from NORD Commission Executive Director Vic Richard and NORD Foundation Executive Director Annie LaRock. It was the first time the two new executives have spoken together to the public.
“With the new Commission and Foundation, the way New Orleans manages recreation is changing so quickly,” said Kate Parker-Karst, director of the KidsWalk Coalition. “It is critical that the Commission engages the community as it restores recreation facilities,” said Parker-Karst.
“Our goal is not to recreate what we had,” said Richard, as he laid out the Commission’s vision for both passive and active opportunities for recreation in New Orleans neighborhoods. Richard described among the Commission’s new initiatives is a NORD “teen council” modeled off an advisory group in Philadelphia, where he previously served as Commissioner of Recreation.
In response to questions from attendees, Richard and LaRock explained that permanent bathrooms won’t be installed at all NORD facilities but will be at so-called “active sites,” such as ballfields. When asked about the management of the Lafitte Greenway, a 3.1-mile stretch of public land set aside for recreational development, they said it remains to be determined by the City administration. Richard and LaRock also said communities would be offered opportunities to participate in NORD program and facility planning when projects are initiated.
The Breakfast Roundtable Series offers advocates and professionals the opportunity to connect with leaders making New Orleans a healthier, more active city. Previous speakers have included Dr. Karen DeSalvo and the City Planning Commission. Is there a local leader you would like to see at the next Roundtable? Let us know!
18 months ago, New Orleans voters approved the transformation of the New Orleans Recreation Department into the New Orleans Recreation
Development Commission (NORD-C
) and the creation of the NORD Foundation. With an increased budget, new autonomy and the ability to raise private donations, like the Audubon Commission, NORD is now positioned to restore our
neighborhood parks and playgrounds for New Orleans Youth
Please join us Thursday March 22 at Mike’s on the Avenue to hear Commission director Vic Richard and Foundation Executive Director Annie LaRock present the commission’s vision and plan for recreation in New Orleans.
What: KidsWalk Coalition Breakfast Roundtable featuring Vic Richard and Annie LaRock
Thanks to the support of Amerigroup, this event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so please RSVP to email@example.com.
Creating safe pedestrian routes, reaching out to non-English speaking communities and limiting fast-food restaurants around schools and day cares were among other suggestions discussed at the KidsWalk Coalition’s Breakfast Roundtable with the New Orleans City Planning Commission Thursday, Sept. 8, held at Mike’s on the Avenue in downtown New Orleans.
The presentation and question-and-answer event informed roughly 40 local public health professionals, planners and community advocates of how to give input on the city’s new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance draft. Currently, the city is updating the four-decades old law, which regulates land uses and forms throughout the city.
“Feedback is necessary to give the city direction on what the community wants,” said Kate Parker-Karst, director of the KidsWalk Coalition.
“None of this is going to get any traction without more community input,” said Parker-Karst.
Groups and individuals have the chance to submit feedback to the City Planning Commission up to October 31. The first draft of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance is available for review with two more drafts expected before going to the New Orleans City Council for final adoption in late 2012, said Paul Cramer, city planning administrator.
“We want your input,” Cramer said.
Cramer said planners are focusing on encouraging sustainable communities and rebuilding and preserving neighborhoods. The law would foster walking by allowing mixed-use districts where retail shops are convenient for residents. Bicycling would be promoted by requiring developments to provide public bike racks and requiring new and renovated hospitals, universities, government offices and other facilities to offer showers for cyclists. Community gardens and urban agricultural ventures, including those that sell their produce, would also be defined and permitted under the draft ordinance.
Public comments may be emailed to the CPC office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “CZO Draft” into the subject line.
Can good zoning make us healthier? It may not be the first policy we think of when we talk about creating healthy environments, but zoning can regulate neighborhood walkability, the distance between schools and fast food restaurants and liquor stores, bicycle parking and locations of parks, farmers markets and community gardens. This year, the City Planning Commission is rewriting the City’s zoning code for the first time in 40 years, and we have a chance to make sure it encourages healthy eating and active living.
To learn more, please join us Thursday September 8 at Mike’s on the Avenue for the next KidsWalk Coalition Breakfast Roundtable, featuring Paul Cramer and Christopher Mills of the New Orleans City Planning Commission. Paul and Chris will offer a look at regulations in the draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and take your questions.
What: KidsWalk Coalition Breakfast Roundtable featuring the New Orleans City Planning Commission
Where: Mike’s on the Avenue, 628 St. Charles Ave
When: Thursday, September 8, 8am-9:30am
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so please RSVP to email@example.com.
“Facilitate, link and leverage” was the theme of the KidsWalk Coalition’s first Breakfast Roundtable, featuring City of New Orleans Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo. Dr. DeSalvo described the City’s intent to better coordinate all of the different, yet sometimes dispersed, health resources, to bring accreditation to the City Health Department, and to establish “way-finding” strategies for encouraging physical activity. Dr. Desalvo discussed the City’s first way-finding effort, promoting employees and visitors to more frequently use City Hall’s staircase. The City will develop a case study presenting the pilot project’s challenges and successes, for use as a model throughout New Orleans. Following the presentation, attendees debated different strategies for encouraging physically activity, and in particular, how to better encourage children to walk to and from schools.
The event, held April 7th at Bourbon House, convened nearly thirty public health and transportation advocates and public officials. The Breakfast Roundtable series gave public health and transportation professionals, as well as community advocates, an opportunity to engage the commissioner on various issues centered around making New Orleans a healthier, more active city. The next Roundtable will be held over the summer, and we encourage your suggestions for future speakers.