Outdoor fun

Spotlight: Confetti Kids

Visitors to Algiers Point will notice two thriving playgrounds where children run and jump and play, and their families gather to share news about the neighborhood. But that wasn’t always the case. The parks that contain these playgrounds – Confetti Park and Delcazal Park – were run-down and lacking play equipment almost two decades ago – that is until a group of neighbors got together to make a difference in their community.
In 2000, the neighbors created an organization called Confetti Kids to develop a better sense of community in the neighborhood and make a commitment to their children’s futures. Specifically, the organization builds and maintains playgrounds to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. “It’s about bringing the community together and having families spend time together,” says Virginia Hebert, a member of the organization’s board. “Everyone is welcome.”
Confetti Park is in the heart of the neighborhood and ideal for children ages 2-12, with picnic tables under the cypress trees and a grassy area perfect for running around. A sculpture by artist Steve Kline serves as a fence. Delcazal Park is a triangle-shaped park with an area for soccer or net ball games and playground equipment for older children, plus swings and benches. Here, Confetti Kids holds its annual Spooktacular Halloween Party and Easter Egg Hunt.
In addition to the improvements at Confetti and Delcazal parks, Confetti Kids is making plans and raising money to build a third playground at The Lot, in an area of the neighborhood that is considered a “park desert.” The organization also offers recreational programming to create a stronger sense of community within Algiers Point. The events include the Krewe of Confetti Kids Mardi Gras Parade, which takes place Jan. 20, the Baby Bull Run, and the Candy Land Ball & Fundraiser.
Anyone who wishes to get involved but can’t attend the events can donate to Confetti Kids via its website. The funds go toward maintaining the parks and continuing construction on future park projects. “When you give kids an outlet for their energy, it changes their whole demeanor,” Hebert says. “It calms them. It gives them a better sense of self. They do better in school. Keeping this going – that will only help kids grow.”
For more information, visit confettikids.org. Cassidy Oberleitner is an intern at Nola Family Magazine.

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