Lower 9th Ward Music Park Grand Opening

Harvey Brown

Last September, Lower 9th Ward Entrepreneur Burnell Cotlon opened the first laundry facility in the Lower 9 since Hurricane Katrina. At the end of June, Cotlon will open a new edition to his Lower 9th Ward Complex.

On June 30, between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., Cotlon invites the New Orleans Community to witness the grand opening of the Lower 9th Ward Music Park. The Friday event will have music performances, food vendors and activities for all of the family. The event is free and open to the public. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 7 p.m.  Cotlon’s complex is located at 2036 Caffin Ave.

“We are proud to add the Music Park to a growing number of businesses and services that serve the Lower 9th Ward Community,” Cotlon’s public relation officer wrote in an official release.

“Burnell has opened a Grocery Store, Barber Shop/Hair Salon, a Snoball Stand, a Po-Boy/Hot Meal Stand, and recently, a Laundromat. We hope to grow stronger and faster through the continued support of our community and wide-ranging friends of the Lower 9th, and we have begun fundraising for the next big project: The Lower 9th Ward Employment Center,” they added.

The upcoming music park will feature an interactive art and sound station. Cotlon created the park in collaboration with The Urban Conga, a design firm that encourages social interaction through its station. “The Urban Conga created the installation using touch sensor technology that allows the installation to resonate sounds when touched. The interactive art area will illuminate at night to provide a safe, well-lit space in the community for kids and families to gather,” The Urban Conga wrote in its official release on the upcoming station.

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