Taste at the Lake is an annual event hosted by Friends of Lakeview.
Friends of Lakeview (“FOL”), is a non-profit organization that was established in 2010 by the Board of Directors of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association (“LCIA”). FOL is a tax-qualified 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to identify capital improvement projects that will benefit Lakeview and surrounding neighborhoods and to raise funds to help make those projects become a reality.
In the Fall of 2011, FOL announced the proposed lighting project to install lighting along the running/biking path from Veterans Boulevard to Robert E. Lee Boulevard between West End and Pontchartrain Boulevards alongside the New Basin Canal Park.FOL hosted its first fundraiser for the project in November 2011.
After the project was conditionally accepted as eligible into the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) for 2014-2016 by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) in late 2015, FOL continued to work with the Regional Planning Commission and LADOTD to submit detailed draft plans for the project and seek approval from all the necessary government entities. The TAP program is a bi-annual funding program authorized by the most recent federal transportation funding act (MAP-21) and administered by LADOTD. TAP activities offer opportunities to help expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience through activities related to surface transportation, including pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety programs.
In 2015, FOL contracted with an electrical engineering firm to create the required construction design drawings per DOTD specifications and is pleased to announce it has successfully reached the 95% Preliminary Design Plans stage and is currently awaiting final DOTD approval. The next step will be a Verification Print Submittal and then final plans will be issued for public bid later this year. The Public Bid Process is expected to take about 60 days, which would place an anticipated groundbreaking in the second half 2017. The project will likely take six months to install with completion of the project anticipated in early 2018.
Approximately 70% of the total construction cost of the project, or a maximum amount of $694,000, will be funded through the LADOTD, once all grant conditions have been met. FOL and LCIA (through an agreement with the Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority serving as the local government sponsor) have agreed to fund the remaining 30% of the total construction cost, which includes engineering and related costs.
The proposed lighting project was initially announced in the fall of 2011. FOL’s expected share of the engineering and installation cost totals approximately $315,000. FOL has hosted a number of fundraisers for the project since 2011 to meet their financial commitment, including its “Lighting the Way Gala” and “Taste at the Lake” events. Additionally, through FOL’s “Adopt a Light” program, sponsors have already been secured for 72 of the approximately 149 classic New Orleans lampposts at $1,500 each that will be installed through the project.