Originally a canal built in the late 1700s, Lafitte Greenway (www.lafittegreenway.org) is now a 2.6-mile linear park linking six New Orleans neighborhoods: the French Quarter, Treme, Lafitte, Faubourg St. John, Tulane-Gravier and Mid-City. "It's a great connector," says Sophie Harris, executive director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway.
The corridor also is a fantastic place to exercise. For people interested in walking or biking the greenway, there are a few things to keep in mind. "It's a paved asphalt trail, so wear comfortable walking shoes," Harris says. "Stay to the right as you walk, because you're sharing the space with people on bikes."
Although 500 shade trees are planted along the route, they're still small. "We encourage folks to wear hats and sunscreen while they're out there," Harris says. The greenway crosses busy roads — Claiborne and Carrollton avenues and Broad Street — and Harris reminds pedestrians to utilize the push-button system with flashing yellow lights at each intersection.
Friends of Lafitte Greenway hosts a free walking workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Basin St. Station. The 2-mile guided tour educates participants about the greenway's history. "We are seeing people out there walking, biking and coming together," Harris says. "I'm amazed by how friendly people are on the greenway." Here are just a few businesses located on the Lafitte Greenway:
Walking the Lafitte Greenway through New Orleans neighborhoods