Coliseum Square sidewalkOur Mission
Coliseum Square Association is committed to the ongoing struggle to protect and preserve the historic buildings of the Lower Garden District, and to helping maintain the quality of life in our neighborhood. 

Our annual meeting, to elect a board and officers, is the third Sunday in January, and the board meets on the third Monday of each month, except July and December.  All members are welcomed and encouraged to attend board meetings, participate in committees, and in general keep us informed of neighborhood needs.


Board Members

Julie Simpson President        

Karon Reese
Vice President

Derek Nettles

Jessica Walker

Louis Volz
Immediate Past President

Mike Bertel

Derek Brown

Bettine Carroll

Ted Castador

Mary Len Costa

Toby Devore

Joel Dondis

John Dubberley

Rosa Dunlap

Bryan Francher

Deborah Hinson

Ryan Kropog

James McAlister

Susan Mizell

Andrew Nelson

Eliska Plunkett

Wayne Troyer

Fritz Westenberger

Here's What We Do

House Tour
Promoting neighborhood architecture and lifestyle. To join the house tour committee please contact Deborah Hinson at

Cultural District Designation
Facilitating application for the LGD to be designated a Louisiana Cultural District, which brings significant historic tax credits and other benefits.

Police Relations & Crime Prevention
Building responsive relationships with police and firefighters to enhance safety.

Parks & Clean-up
Maintaining and improving our parks and greenspaces. To join the parks committee please contact Derek Brown at

Fountain Maintenance
Keeping our beautiful fountain running year-round. To assist with fountain maintenance, please contact Derek Brown.

Assessing the impact of proposed commercial and residential development. To join our Blight/Zoning committee, please contact Wayne Troyer at

Property Redevelopment
Working toward the remediation of blighted properties, and fighting unnecessary demolitions.

Expanding the organization to reach all residents of the LGD. Contact Fritz Westenberger at to join the membership committee.

Raising moolah! Please contact any member of the board.

Maintaining the website and and facilitating effective communication among the membership. Please contact Deborah Hinson at to lend a hand!

Neighborhood Gatherings
The annual Christmas and Halloween parties, Mardi Gras Police Breakfast, Night Out Against Crime, etc. Please contact Julie Simpson at and we'll point you in the right direction!