Jul 12, 2013 4:57 AM by AP
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.