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NEWORLEANS - Volunteers planned to fix up the Gert Town area on Saturday as part of the fourth NOLA for Life Day.

The effort is part of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's murder reduction strategy to take the fight against violent crime to the street.

The day is all about improving the quality of life and increasing public safety in the area.

Volunteers will install energy efficient light bulbs and smoke detectors, pick up trash and debris and make other improvements to the neighborhood.

Norwood Thompson Playground reopened earlier in July after an $850,000 renovation.

Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant said the playground had a special meaning to him since he grew up a few blocks away from it.

'I still have many friends here, and we talk often about how all of these public spaces where we all congregated and grew up on Conrad Playground, on Norwood Thompson, and teams played each other. There's always inter-rivalry. We all went to middle school together, because there's an elementary school over here. They went to Priestly with us. We've known each other for a long time, so it's a really good day for everyone to have this come back,' Grant said.

NOLA for Life Day is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Norwood Thompson Playground.

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