About NolaParks

NolaParks is the premiere guide to outdoor and sports activities in New Orleans. Find parks, recreation centers, and other outdoor activities all from your mobile phone!

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Charlie Barnes
Community Manager to City Councilwoman Cantrell

After graduating B.A. from Bard College in 2009 Charlie moved down to New Orleans for good. He first interned with one of the several organizations in town he had volunteered with after the storm. Charlie went on to serve two proud terms with AmeriCorps through New Orleans based organizations. Recently, Charlie served as LaToya Cantrell’s field coordinator during her successful campaign for city council. Charlie now works to provide digital infrastructure like NolaParks to New Orleans.

James Braendel
Co-Founder at RapJab

In 2012 James finished his Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and co-founded RapJab—a local digital marketing agency. RapJab believes that people connect to people, not companies, and analytics and technology are nothing without heart and humor. He's carried these beliefs over to Nola Parks.

Adam Mejerson
Founder of FitLot

Adam Mejerson is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and the founder of FitLot, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based out of New Orleans and committed to building outdoor fitness parks in communities across America. FitLot is dedicated to making exercise accessible, using tools like NolaParks.com and FitLots. For More info about FitLot click here.

Minka Stoyanova

Minka Stoyanova is a New Orleans native artist who creates work at the intersection of art, technology, and community. She believes that by using modern technologies and speaking to popular culture art can address systemic issues, rally communities, and lead to positive social change. Minka Stoyanova holds a technical degree in Emergency Management, a Bachelors in Computer Science, a Bachelors Fine Art Photography and a Masters of Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art. Minka brings to NolaParks her experience as an organizer and passion for technology’s place in communities.

Eric Normand
Computer Scientist

Eric Normand is a New Orleans native coming home to roost. His Masters in Computer Science from the University of New Orleans fuels his programming behind NOLA Parks. Eric, besides his computer wizardry, has taught in Nepal, Africa, and China, introduced gumbo and jambalaya along the way, and lives in the French Quarter with his wife and daughter. He blogs at LispCast.