Gretna, LA Participated in the Great American Cleanup

Gretna, Louisiana is a community on the West Bank that is one of the partners in the Keeping America Beautiful Program.  According to its website, Keeping America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With our powerful network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places.

One of the programs associated with Keeping America Beautiful is the Great American Cleanup which is done annually by volunteers from the participating local communities.  As part of this program, city projects which focus on beautification, landscaping, litter pick-up, and environment enhancement or protection are completed.  Gretna, LA participated in the Great American Cleanup this year sponsored by Entergy which partnered with the Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, calling it the “Spring Sweep.”

Not only did the city of Gretna benefit from the beautification project, but the cleanup and landscaping of the City ofcity-of-gretna-welcome-sign Gretna welcome sign also enhanced the entrance to the Westbank Expressway directly on the city’s line with Harvey, Louisiana.  A backhoe was brought in to clear the land for planting.  New landscaping was installed and mulched, and the welcome sign itself was given a fresh new coat of paint.

“We looked for projects that the public will notice and enjoy.  This year we chose to partner with the City of Gretna to cleanup and landscape the city sign location on the West Bank Expressway at the Harvey line,” Entergy’s Mary Fay Legnon said.

The city of Gretna hopes to continue the city’s beautification projects each year with Entergy as one of its main sponsors.  “Thank you to Entergy, an incredible community partner,” Mayor Belinda said. “We are so grateful that Entergy chose Gretna as the location for this year’s service project. Their community team is an asset to our city. The sign on the Expressway and the garden that surrounds it looks great.”


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