Fortier Park Gets Spring Cleaning

Photos and narrative below by Robert Thompson

Seen on the left is Mark Conner, Senior Director of Marketing, for Fair Grounds. His “Fun Team” in green shirts really performed.

Thanks to team leader Andy Ryan whose efforts put together Fair Grounds “FUN TEAM” resource with neighbors to make an impressive change in Fortier Park today. Fortier Park (at Esplanade and Mystery st) has been a concern to neighbors due to some anti-social behavior recently. This cleaning and the partnering with neighboring Fair Grounds Racecourse is a positive sign that things can get better. Andy’s passion for the park has inspired others to recommit to the parks preservation and improvement and the inclusion of FG in the problem solving is a real win.

In conversation with Andy today, he agreed that a “park behavior” code should be developed to apply to all parks and playgrounds equally in the city. Those having an interest in assisting with sorting out the city’s jumbled ordinances and proposing a clear and comprehensive set, please let me know. Andy threw out the first idea: ban alcohol in parks! My second thought: double fines or incarceration for infractions committed in parks! Expect some discourses!

Enjoy these pictures of Andy’s citizen action today. (The park, despite the human desecrations and winter decimations, still looked splendid!)

Robert Thompson
City Beautiful Committee
NOLA Parks for ALL

Below is a message from Andy Ryan:

Fairgrounds folks,

I would like to say thank you for all your help today. The park looks amazing and I have already received comments on it “has not looked this good in years”

I had a blast today getting to know all the folks involved and it was really a pleasure being out there and enjoying the day. The park felt alive and that’s a wonderful thing.

Thank you again for all the help and I am working on a sign that shows fsjna/fairgrounds partnership on the upkeep.

Please let me know if there is anything y’all ever need and I will help anyway I can.


Andy Ryan

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