Levees.org’s Open-air Levee Exhibition and Garden
Levees.org is raising funds to build an Open-air Levee Exhibition in New Orleans. We will work in partnership with the neighborhood residents of Gentilly whose homes were flooded when federally built levees failed during Katrina. The money will be used to build informative exhibits and to plant a beautiful garden at the east breach site of the London Avenue Canal.
The goal is for visitors to learn about and reflect upon the historic event which changed the lives of over a million people. The exhibit and garden will be a memorial to the trauma of the Flood, a commemoration of a pivotal moment in American history, and a symbol of the residents’ resilience and determination to return home.
Please join me this coming Friday to view the final plans for Levees.org’s proposed Open-air Levee Exhibition and Garden.The exhibit & garden, intended for both residents and visitors, will be built at east side breach site of the London Avenue Canal in Gentilly.It was one of the worst during Hurricane Katrina nine years ago.
WHAT: Open House
WHERE: 1900 Wildair Drive
WHEN: Friday November 14th from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
WHY: View final plans and diagrams for Levee Exhibit and Garden
Working with the Gentilly Civic Improvement Association
and other neighborhood communities, Levees.org will build a series of exhibits that tell the full vetted story of why the levees broke.
Levees.org is leasing the property from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) through the Growing Green program for $250 per year. After two years, there is an option to purchase.The exhibit, designed by Carrie and Scott Bernhard with the Lime Agency for Sustainable Hot/Humid Design, will provide shelter and shade in the summer months by permitting natural air flow rather than impeding it. In the winter months, there will be enough sun to warm the visitors, but not enough to damage the exhibits.The garden, also designed by the Lime Agency, will feature native plants and trees with a capacity to drink large amounts of water and reduce the load on the city’s drainage system. Native vegetation also minimizes maintenance and reduces the need for fertilizer, pesticides and supplemental watering.The ribbon cutting ceremony is set for June 1, 2015.
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