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Jul 12, 2013 4:57 AM by AP

Katrina-damaged playground re-opens in New Orleans

The re-opening of playgrounds damaged in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans continues.
New Orleans city officials joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday to mark the re-opening of Norwood Thompson Playground in the Gert Town neighborhood.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office said improvements to Norwood Thompson Park include construction of a new concession building, sidewalk improvements, fencing for the playground area, landscaping, benches, and picnic tables. Also, repairs were made to lighting, restrooms, and water fountains; and the baseball field and basketball court were refurbished.
The project cost $848,000. Funding came from FEMA public assistance, federal Disaster Community Development Block Grant funds, and city bond funds.

Photo courtesy http://nola.humidbeings.com/images/detail/12712/KaBOOM-Playground-Build



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