Faubourg St. John neighbor Paul Laplace was out on his porch enjoying the beautiful weather we are having today. So, I stopped by to chat about the issues in Fortier Park. Paul relayed a story about Walter Tarantino, a retired fisherman in Bucktown who decorated the area across the levee from his house with plastic flowers and other stuff.

Paul met Walter while sailing on Lake Ponchartrain. He noticed Walter working on the area behind the levee and stopped to chat. One of Paul’s relatives renovated a restaurant in the 70s. Inside the building were thousands of plastic flowers. Paul knew just who should have them.

So, he gathered them up and brought them out to Walter Tarantino who used them in “Walter’s Park”. “Walter’s Park”, as it was known by the folks who frequented the area, was a labor of love enjoyed by all and accepted by government. The Levee Board allowed Walter to continue his labor of love and Paul indicated Gov. Edwards even acknowledged Walter’s efforts.

One person with good intentions truly can make a difference!

Check out a story about Walter Tarantino in the May 31, 1985 Times Picayune in the PDF in the link below:

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photo courtesy the Times Picayune – May 31, 1985

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