Nonprofit Coalition to Share Vision for Armstrong Park Redevelopment

NEW ORLEANS — From the New Orleans Agenda:

The Save Our Soul Coalition and other stakeholders will update the community on the work SOS and the City of New Orleans have been doing to create a Strategic Master Plan for Louis Armstrong Park. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 at the Corpus Christi-Epiphany Community Resource Center, 2022 St. Bernard Avenue Building C.

More than two years ago, a group of volunteers from Treme, the French Quarter and throughout the city came together to form the Save Our Soul Coalition. Led by Ausettua Amor Amenkum and Jackie Harris, president of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the group gathered input from concerned stakeholders at several public meetings and began collaborating with city officials to develop a plan that would honor and respect the area’s historic role in New Orleans’ culture while also providing updated facilities and new ideas for programming. In 2022, the coalition expanded efforts to formally organize as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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“The citizens of New Orleans spoke loud and clear regarding their vision for the park. We heard them and have been working cooperatively in good faith with the Cantrell Administration and others to expeditiously bring the people’s consensus vision to fruition,” said Harris, who serves as president of the S.O.S. Coalition. “We are excited to be able to share information about the progress being made so far.” 

The CEA will define the individual roles of S.O.S. and the city. A timeline for the completion of the Strategic Master Plan (SMP) has been created. The City has secured the participation of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, which will fund the SMP. GNOF has identified MAROON Inc. to facilitate a joint CEA amongst the stakeholders.

Members of the S.O.S. Coalition include Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Congo Square Preservation Society, French Quarter Citizens, Greater Treme Consortium, Historic Faubourg Treme Association, Justice & Beyond, Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective/Washitaw Nation, Louis Armstrong Education Foundation (New York), Louisiana Landmark Society, Music & Cultural Coalition of New Orleans, NAACP, New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Indians Co-Op, New Orleans Culture Preservation Committee, New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation, Ole & Nu Style Fellas, Timbuktu Warriors, Treme for Treme, Treme Sidewalk Steppers, Ubuntu, Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates, Andrew Grafe, Ansel Augustine, Christopher Williams, Divine Prince Ty Emmecca, Dr. Lud Israel, Gilda Lewis, Jean-Marcel St. Jacques, Joell Lee, Karen Ocker, Rev. Gregory Manning, Belden Batiste, Natalie Manning, Renard Bridgewater and Tomah Isreal.

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