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NOLA Neighborhood Summit set for Nov. 10

Registration for the 2018 New Orleans Neighborhood Summit is now open. The summit will be held on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at the University of New Orleans Student Center.

The annual Neighborhood Summit celebrates the strength, history, and diversity of our city’s neighborhoods, bringing together community leaders, non-profit agencies, and city government. First held in 2012, the annual summit continues to grow each year.

At the day-long summit, neighborhood leaders and residents share information across communities, develop new skills to bring home, and build relationships old and new.

To register for the summit, visit www.nola.gov/summit. For more information call 504-658-4980 or e-mail neighborhoods@nola.gov.

City Celebrates Opening of NOPD 2nd District, Nord Natatorium in Gert Town

Mayor LaToya Cantrell today joined City officials, partners, supporters and neighborhood residents for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate new facilities for the New Orleans Police Department’s (NOPD) 2nd District and the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD), located adjacent to each other in the Gert Town neighborhood.

“The greatest gratification that I have is being the former Councilmember for District B and working to initiate not only the groundbreaking but now the ribbon-cutting of our 2nd District police station as well as our Gert Town pool coming back to the fabric of the community,” Mayor Cantrell said.

The 2nd District facility, which opened in September, is a move from its old Magazine Street location. The $8.3 million, two-story facility features 17,000 square feet of space and was paid for through a combination of FEMA funding and bonds. In addition to being a modern headquarters for the NOPD officers, the facility holds a conference room that can serve as host site for community meetings.

NORD’s Gert Town Natatorium, which cost nearly $8 million, features a 15,000 square-foot space; the pool itself is a 25-yard-long, six-lane pool ranging in depth from 3-feet, 6-inches to 10-feet.

“It’s been a vision for a very long time to rebuild and reinvest in our district stations across the city, bringing them into the 21st century. But this is more than a building…. It’s part of an ongoing commitment by me and the Mayor to better serve the people of New Orleans. Being next to the NORD facility only doubles down on the commitment to serve this city,” NOPD Chief Michael Harrison said.

“When I look at what’s here [at the NORD Natatorium], the more that we do over there, the less we have to do over [at the 2nd District]. The more opportunities we give our children to do constructive things, the less likelihood they’re going to find to do destructive things. And these facilities being nestled next to each other can symbolize that,” City Councilmember (District B) Jay H. Banks said.

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