Mayor – News – July 2022 – New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation announces selection of consultant to lead Park and Rec

NEW ORLEANS – Today, the New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation (NORDF) announced the selection of a design studio to lead the city’s parks and recreation master plan. The RFP Selection Committee convened in a public meeting on July 19, 2022 at the Rosenwald Recreation Center and awarded the contract to Design Workshop based on the RFP evaluation criteria.

Design Workshop is an international design studio integrating landscape architecture, urban design, economy and engagement. They offered to partner with seven companies to help develop the master plan, including ETM Associates, Eskew Dumez Ripple, Lord Cultural Resources, Bright Moments, Wingate Engineers, Alexandra Miller Consulting and Big SandBox.

New Orleans is one of six communities across the country to receive a $433,800 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The funding will be used to support the creation of a citywide Parks and Recreation Master Plan – a strategy to create an equitable and resilient parks and recreation system accessible to all New Orleans residents. . The planning process will be led by the Mayor’s Office for Youth and Families (OYF) and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD).

The planning process will gather input from a wide range of community organizations and residents to create strategies for action to advance the city’s goals. The citywide parks and recreation master plan fulfills the commitment made by Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the four major parks agencies – NORDC, Parks and Parkways, Audubon Nature Institute and City Park – as part of the 2019 Parks and Recreation mileage proposal that passed with 76% voter approval. Residents interested in staying involved in the master plan process can email [email protected]

“We look forward to working with Design Workshop, our park partners and the community to develop a citywide parks and recreation master plan that will build an equitable and resilient parks and recreation system for all residents. of New Orleans,” said NORTH CEO Larry Barabino, Jr.

“Parks and Parkways looks forward to working with Design Workshop and all park partners to bring the city closer to achieving the goals set in 2019 – creating and implementing an actionable and scalable park and recreation master plan. of the city that enhances city-wide green spaces, and therefore the lives of all residents,” said Michael Karam, Director of Parks and Boardwalks.

“Design Workshop, Inc. has exemplified proven experience and knowledge, both locally and nationally, in creating visionary plans for urban park systems with community engagement at the center of the process,” said Cara Lambright, CEO of City Park. “As a park partner, we look forward to working collaboratively on a sustainable plan to provide a high-quality system of parks, greenways and recreation that will improve the quality of life for New Orleans residents.”

“We are excited about the opportunities this new project brings to New Orleans. We are fortunate to have these world-class designers bring their expertise to focus on the city and the need for everyone to spend time enjoying nature,” said Ron Forman, President and CEO of the Audubon Nature Institute. “Not only will this work provide greater access to beautiful green spaces throughout the community, but it will also generate inventive new ways to use our historic parks for future generations to enjoy.”

“The NORD Foundation is delighted that after an extensive search and deliberate selection process, the committee has chosen an experienced and qualified candidate,” said Ernest Price, Chairman of the Board of NORDF. “We congratulate Design Workshop on being the successful bidder and are grateful to all participants for their thoughtful submissions.”

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