Sneak Preview of Gala Awards!

A sneak preview of what local glass artist Eric Hess is creating for us! Awards will be handed out to the 30 individuals and organizations that will be honored at our 30th Anniversary Gala.


Looks HOT!


Oh la la…


A clear preview of the mold.


So many awards!


Trees leaning after Hurricane Isaac need to be straightened soon: Letter


The following information was published to the Times-Picayune Letters to the Editor on on Friday, September 21, 2012:

Trees leaning after Hurricane Isaac need to be straightened soon: Letter

Many of our city’s recently planted trees were blown over by the combined jeopardy of high winds and saturated soil from Hurricane Isaac. Volunteer action is needed to straighten trees as soon as possible. Trees blown off axis have exposed root systems that will dry out, and the trees will perish very quickly as we move into a drier season.

New Orleans has made such progress in planting trees on major corridors and along streets since Hurricane Katrina. To lose these newly planted trees after the winds of Hurricane Isaac would be a great tragedy. Trees add to the viability of the city by cleaning the air, removing storm water, providing shade and much more.

The trees that can be set straight are usually under 5 years old, and straightening can be done by a group of energetic volunteers. The tree may require staking, which should be removed as the tree begins to recover, as this will strengthen the root system. For directions on straightening trees, go to the Parkway Partners website:

The staff at the Department of Parks and Parkways is guiding volunteers on important neutral ground locations that need immediate attention. With more than 700 trees blown over on neutral grounds and in parks, volunteer assistance is essential to complete the job. The department’s contact number is 504.658.3200. Tree Troopers, trained through the Parkway Partners program, are guiding volunteers in righting trees throughout the city and encourage volunteers to join them. Write to Parkway Partners to become involved, at

Jean Fahr

Parkway Partners Executive Director

New Orleans

© 2012 All rights reserved.


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Parkway Partners on WWL-TV

Jean Fahr and Jim Lestelle on WWL-TV’s morning show.

Video: Watch here.

Recently, Parkway Partners’ Executive Director, Jean Fahr and Board of Directors’ President, Jim Lestelle, were interviewed on WWL-TV’s morning show to discuss their goal of planting 10,000 more trees in New Orleans and details on their upcoming 30th Anniversary gala.

As Fahr explains, our 30th Anniversary Gala will honor 30 individuals and organizations that have helped with efforts to improve communities through preservation, maintenance and beautification. The contributions by these individuals have made Parkway Partners’ mission possible.

In addition to honoring the 30 individuals, Parkway Partners plans to raise money to fund the planting of another 10,000 trees over the next five years. “We intend to put increasing emphasis on areas east of City Park and to continue their focus on diversifying tree types,” said Jean Fahr.

The 30th Anniversary Gala and Auction will be held October 25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue. The Patron Party will precede the gala on October 21st and will be held at the home of Eric Hess and Judge Frank Thaxton, ret., 1001 Moss Street.

Entertainment at the gala will include live performances by Deacon John Moore, Lena Prima, Anais St. John, Banu Gibson, and The Tom Hook Trio. A special video presentation honoring Parkway Partners and the 30 honorees will be given by actor Bryan Batt, known for his role in AMC series Mad Men, and WWL-TV anchor, Angela Hill.

To purchase your tickets to the event, click here.

YAYA Students Contributions to Parkway Partners


To help celebrate our 30th anniversary, you may notice recently placed Parkway Partners tree ads throughout the city. There are six different tree designs and they were all produced with the generous donation of time and energy from the students at the YAYA, Inc. Each tree contains a different theme, from Louis Armstrong, to Mardi Gras beads, to a crawfish creation.

YAYA is a organization dedicated to providing educational experiences in the arts and entreprenership to New Orleans-area youth, and foster and support their ambitions. Parkway Partners wants to thank YAYA for their beautiful artwork that helps Parkway Partners reach its initiatives and goals. Drive around the city and check them out!

City Council Announces Proclamation For Parkway Partners

Yesterday morning, City Council announced a special proclamation for Parkway Partners for their new initiative to plant another 10,000 trees. Jean Fahr also announced the kick-off celebration for Parkway Partners 30th anniversary celebration and gala during the meeting. Here are a few photos from the event!


Council Member Susan Guidry, Founder Flo Schornstein, Executive Director Jean Fahr, City Council Vice President Jackie Clarkson and President of the Board Jim LestelleImage

Jean Fahr, Flo Schornstein, Jim Lestelle and Denise Estopinal


Check out the video online!

Celebrating 30 Years of Cleaner Parks and Parkways!

Read about a special announcement we made at our press conference yesterday made at the New Orleans Healing Center featured on It discusses our new goal to plant another 10,000 trees in the New Orleans area in the next 5 years along with our 30th anniversary plans!