Community | Service
June 21, 2013
When we first began to look at this RFP, we were driven by the notion that since this park was owned by the City, it should be restored in a way that benefits that community. We took this idea and turned it into our overall mission. While most theme parks have charitable activities, we wanted to go further. Every decision we have made has been guided by the question, "How can we do this so that it benefits the people?"
We started with the basics and have sought out area youth organizations and foundations that are already actively working to make lives better. We have found ways to partner with them, either directly, by including them actively in the redevelopment, or indirectly, by planning fundraiser activities for when the park opens. We have several initiatives that are incorporated into the business model that will aid in having the park be a true asset to the community.
Two local groups that we plan to actively work with are Cafe Reconcile and Liberty's Kitchen. These two nonprofit restaurants serve as the primary training ground for students seeking to acquire skills in the food service industry. Once their students complete the program, jobs need to be waiting for them so that they can continue their fight to break the cycle of poverty. Primarily at our table service dining facility at the front gates, we are committed to providing jobs for these young people so that they can continue their personal growth. For some students that live in New Orleans East, continued transportation into the City after they complete the program may be problematic. We would be able to offer them a good opportunity closer to home. Likewise, through the park shuttle service, we can work with youth organizations around the City to help provide transportation for employees to work to reduce barriers.
Another group we plan to actively work with is the Partnership for Youth Development. Their Youth Leadership Fellowship group conducted research to find out what the City's youth would find most beneficial. They issued a report, "Youth Goes Live!", that contained their findings. One of the items they would like the most is paid internship opportunities. As we had planned to offer internships, working with PYD seems like a natural extension of what we want to do.
For groups such as Son of a Saint, we would hold an occasional "Son of a Saint Day" where a portion of ticket sales are donated to the organization. Non-profits such as this would benefit not only from the donations, but also from the exposure that lets more people know about the good work they are doing.
As an organization, we would encourage our employees to donate time to the community as well. Earlier in 2013, members of our team participated in Drew Brees' Super Service Challenge, winning a donation for the charity we served. We will continue to participate in Companies with a Mission service projects and hope to expand our community service efforts as our employee numbers expand.
These are just a few examples of the groups we plan to work with. We continue to contact other area foundations and non-profit organizations to find out how we may best work together. If you would like to suggest a group, please contact us at email@example.com.
Who to Contact:
- Mayor Mitch Landrieu
- Councilmember-at-Large Stacy Head
- Councilmember-at-Large Jason Williams
- District A Susan Guidry
- District B LaToya Cantrell
- District C Nadine Ramsey
- District D Jared Brossett
- District E James Gray
The Jazzland Proposal
The Paidia Company submitted a proposal to re-open the park as a true celebration of Louisiana by connecting the dots of community, history, identity, and artistry in a living testimonial to our spirit and pride. Additionally, we propose to add a water park and movie back lot to the site.
This proposal for Jazzland includes locally owned businesses and is working with area youth organizations to offer internship programs and art & music education programs at the park.
Why Save Jazzland?
Families of New Orleans would like to be able to bring their children to the park again. The City is trying to attract more tourist by showing them that there is more to the City than Bourbon Street. Jazzland is a perfect fit to add to that campaign and to attract more families to visit.
The infrastructure is already there for it to be a THEME PARK. Historically, the park attracted over 800,000 guests annually while operating seasonally and competing with Astroworld. Today, the closest regional park is over 450 miles away and we plan to operate year-round.