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The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association voted at its May 9, 2011 board meeting to allocate $650 to fertilize trees in area parks and playgrounds.

Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 19101
New Orleans, LA 70179

info@fsjna.org

The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association (FSJNA), organized in 1977, is a benevolent group interested in continuing improvements in this historic New Orleans neighborhood through its people, children, historic waterway, public spaces and other environs.

FSJNA has participated in numerous beautification efforts throughout Faubourg St. John from Parks and Playgrounds to simple street plantings. A few examples of this are Desmare Playground, rebuilt by FSJNA in the early 90’s and beautified with tree plantings in 2008, the maintenance and care of Fortier Park, the beautification of the median on Esplanade Avenue and plantings along Bayou St. John. FSJNA worked in conjunction with KABOOM to restore the children’s’ play area at Stallings Playground, which was negatively impacted by Hurricane Katrina. After playground equipment was installed, FSJNA obtained a loan to purchase additionally needed rubberized safety tiles for the area. FSJNA also continues to apply for grants to support these activities. Our Keep Louisiana Beautiful grant allowed us to obtain benches and garbage cans for local parks.

FSJNA works to keep its membership informed. The http://FSJNA.org website (available to anyone) is a library of the events, benefits, and programs FSJNA provides. Additionally FSJNA.com is a resource for paid members (dues are $10 per year) this is a “yahoo group” website where members can exchange ideas, get neighborhood information, and even get hurricane updates. During our recent barrage of hurricanes over the last few years, this site was a welcome source of information from people who stayed in the neighborhood to those who evacuated. It can be very reassuring to know the status of your home when you are away. The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association is also represented on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

While zoning matters can be contentious, they are a necessary function of an involved neighborhood organization. FSJNA has successfully negotiated and worked with most of the neighborhood businesses to protect the quality of life and increase the appeal of the area for those businesses and residents through limiting traffic and noise pollution, helping with the elimination of blight and providing safer streets.

FSJNA also works with and reaches out to other non-profits and bordering neighborhood organizations by participating in area festivals, cultural events, community workshops and informational seminars. Future work will continue to focus on building partnerships with local non-profits and community organizations to help retain the historic character and positive quality of life we enjoy.

Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association, Incorporated EIN 74-2633439 A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Past and potential fundraising activities include solicitation of private donations by members through email and in person, applying for grants and matching government funds, and holding special events such as a historic home tour, continued involvement with the Fortier Park Fest, Bastille Day Festival, Esplanade Holiday Fest, Bayou Boogaloo, and FSJNA’s annual fundraiser, Voodoo on the Bayou. The money raised is used to support implementation of community programs and advocacy throughout Faubourg St. John. All of the FSJNA board members always have and continue to serve on a voluntary basis.

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Additional information about the activities of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association, Inc. is available online at:
Our Yahoo Group website: http://fsjna.com/.
Our public website is located at www.fsjna.org.

FSJNA works to maintain the parks and playgrounds in our community, helping a cash-strapped city to stay beautiful. The links below feature some of what we have been able to do:

Fortier Park: http://www.viddler.com/explore/katrinafilm/videos/15/

Trees planted in 2007 and play equipment at Desmare Playground:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRWkzNX3TOY

Olive Stallings Playground Play area:
http://www.viddler.com/explore/katrinafilm/videos/59/

About the author
Charlie London
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www.FSJNA.org is a community service of Charlie London. Charlie London is the Content Strategist for Faubourg St. John. Click on the icons above this text for more. Even more information is available at http://katrinafilm.com Links to the original article (when applicable) are provided in the post.