Navy Band Swings Through Brechtel Park

Navy Band in Brechtel Park

Over the weekend, the U.S. Navy Band put on a free concert at Brechtel Park in Algiers.  We took advantage of the glorious weather and set up our lawn chairs to enjoy an afternoon of music that went from big band to swing to contemporary pop.  Although the more modern selections were good, it was the swing tunes that really got toes tapping and hands clapping.  I had no idea that Musician was a rank in the Navy, but now I know better.

US Navy Band | Brechtel Park Oct 2010

Brechtel Park Oct 2010

With a crowd that ranged from school kids to senior citizens, there had to be at least a couple of hundred folks in the park.  Girl Scouts were selling Fleur d’Bricks to raise funds for their upcoming trip to Savannah, GA.  The Friends of Brechtel Park were out in force as well, selling refreshments and raffling off a print of St. Louis Cathedral to raise funds for continued improvements to a space that is slowly recovering from the damage caused during Katrina.

I’ve written before about the need for clean up and repairs in the park and I have to say that, while there is still a lot of work to be done, there were also some very obvious improvements that have been made.  The buzz in the crowd was that the Army Corps of Engineers will be dredging and restocking the lagoon in 2011, bringing back the chance for the little ones to once again fish from the banks.

In the meantime, I was pleased to see the results of the work that has already been done.

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I know that the lagoon still looks a mess, but the vegetation that was covering the surface before was smothering life in it.  It might be muddy and still need work, but at least the ducks and the geese are able to swim around now.

I also noticed replaced or repaired picnic tables and an overall improvement in the cleanliness of the park.  I hope that it won’t be long before it’s restored and filled with families once again – not just when there is a big event, but every day.

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