Pontchartrain Park Playground Rededicated in Honor of Beloved Coach

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The New Orleans City Council was joined by former Mayor Marc Morial alongside family and friends of the late McBurnett James Knox, Jr., as the Council approved a resolution to rededicate the Pontchartrain Park Playground as the “Pontchartrain Park McBurnett Knox Playground.” McBurnett James Knox, Jr., also known as “Coach Mac,” who was an advocate for New Orleans youth until his passing in May 2015.

“Mac Knox taught us teamwork, leadership and character,” said former mayor Marc Morial. “He shaped us as boys who understood that books came before balls and that win or lose, we did so as a team. He sacrificed so much and gave so much to ensure future generations boys and girls in New Orleans would have the opportunities they deserved. I’m deeply grateful to all of you on the Council for spearheading this effort and providing Coach Mac with this well-deserved recognition.”

The newly dedicated Pontchartrain Park McBurnett Knox Playground, located at 6500 Press Dr. in the Gentilly neighborhood, will ensure Coach Mac’s great life and legacy lives on in the City of New Orleans. It will also serve as a reminder to those who come after him to continue his important work and never stop fighting for the city’s youth.