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About Us

Our Background

Friends of Joe W. Brown Memorial Park

Friends of Joe W. Brown Memorial Park & Louisiana Nature Center was established in 2010 by a group of concerned residents of eastern New Orleans to promote the restoration and preservation of the Joe W. Brown Memorial

Park (the Park) and the Audubon Louisiana

Nature Center (the Nature Center') for the enjoyment of current and future generations of eastern New Orleans, the New Orleans Metropolitan area and beyond.

The group also endeavors to establish public-private partnerships with government, community organizations, and businesses, to beautify the Park, the Nature Center, and thoroughfares leading to both; to preserve and to increase native wildlife and flora; and to provide facilities for research and education for area elementary, high school, and college botany and horticultural programs.

Unfortunately, the Audubon Nature Center, despite having been named one of the top five urban nature centers in the United States, is the only nature center in the state that has sat idle since Hurricane Katrina. Its assets included three miles of hardwood bottomland forest on an 86-acre site; an Interpretive Center with live animals and wildlife exhibits, a teaching Botany Center/Greenhouse with plants native to Louisiana, and the largest planetarium in New Orleans. The Nature Center provided a unique, affordable and convenient learning experience for New Orleans and its surrounding areas.

The desire to establish Friends of Joe W. Brown Memorial Park & Louisiana Nature Center came about as a result of recognizing the need for partnering with the community to preserve and. conserve the precious natural resources that exist in eastern New Orleans. The historic

Greenhouse at the Nature Center is just one of those resources.


Our Mission

The Friends of Joe W. Brown Memorial Park & Louisiana Nature Center is a non-profit organization established to promote the restoration and preservation of Joe W. Brown Memorial Park and the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center through education, recreation, beautification, environment, and community involvement programs. We share partnership with NOLA East Economic Development Focus Group - New Orleans East Matters in which we advocate for the restoration and development of our East community for sustainable economic development.

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About Us

About Us

Our Background

NOLA  East Economic Development Focus Group - New Orleans East Matters

New Orleans East Matters is a community grassroots non profit organization, a coalition of residents, homeowners, businesses, schools, churches, community and homeowner organizations, taxpayers, and voters formed to provide input to local officials, to support existing and prospective businesses, to assist in the recruitment of new businesses, particularly focusing on sustainable economic development in New Orleans East, our “Big Three”, the former Six Flags site, now “Bayou Phoenix”, development of historical Lincoln Beach, and the former Lake Forest Plaza site.

Founding Board Members

Current Board Members

President - Tangee Wall

1st Vice President - Cathy Charbonnet

2nd Vice President - Lisa Stafford

Treasurer - Melanie Thompson

Secretary - Veronica Barbarin

President - Tangee Wall

Vice President/ Treasurer - Eva Washington

Secretary - Desha Greely

Director of Research - Alexcear H. Short

Director of Community Relations - Wahlitha Boyd

New Orleans East Matters Community Task Force

Desha Greely

Commelita McKee

Candice Taylor

Ryan Taylor

Claudia Smith

Anthony Smith


FOJWB Park Volunteers
Brenda Manning, Coordinator
NOE Matters Community Task Force/ Quality of Life 
Commelita McKee, Chair
Beautification Initiatives
Eva Washington, Chair

Community Programs/Activities
Tangee Wall, Chair

Rebranding - Economic Development

Tangee Wall, Chair

Carousel Committee/ Fundraising 

Tangee Wall, Eva Washington, Alexcear H. Short, Desha Greely, Wahlitha Boyd, Jerry Cook, Anna Monhartova, Jim Ewers

Our Partners

  • Nola East Economic Development Focus Group (New Orleans East Matters Coalition)

  • Audubon Louisiana Nature Center

  • New Orleans East Leadership(NOEL)

  • PJ’s Coffee

  • Dept. of Parks and Parkways

  • Hands On New Orleans

  • Nola Tree Projects

  • New Orleans Business Alliance(NOLABA)

  • Noela Services

  • Audubon Nature Institute

  • New Orleans East Hospital LCMC Health

  • New Orleans East Library


  • A’s & Aces

  • Greater New Orleans East Business Alliance

  • Universal Printing

  • Mainstreet Studios

  • Event Experts

  • Walgreens

  • Winn Dixie

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