The Gretna Glance

A Quick Glance

Updated: April 8, 2020

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The story of Louis Oscar Fried, a German name pronounced “freed” remains a part of the fabric of Gretna’s history. He was the youngest of 7 children of Matthew and Mary Meisner Fried who enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1912 at the age of 17. Fried Street, which runs along the side of the Gretna Water Department building was named in his honor and remains a reminder of his sacrifice.

Kudos to Gretna Police EMS Team

Members of the Gretna Police EMS Team including Commander Ryan Brown visited the St. Joseph Assisted Living Apartments to administer to the residents the second round of Covid vaccine.

There are presently positions open on the award winning Gretna Police EMS team. If you or someone you know has experience as a paramedic or EMT and would like to apply for a position, applications are available

at Gretna Police Headquarters, 200 5th Street in Gretna. For details, contact Commander Ryan Brown directly at 504.363.1720. 

Gretna Food Bank Needs Volunteers!

Gretna Food Bank located at 1400 Jefferson Street is badly in need of volunteers. You can pick any day or days that you choose. Open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Contact Manager Gail at 504.367.6676.   

BMX Classic Nationals Here!

A really big deal in the BMX world, Gretna BMX Bayou Classic Nationals is being held here this weekend from April 9-11 at the Gretna BMX Raceway, 800 Gretna Blvd.

For a schedule, go to To register or for more info, call Clark Dufrene Jr. at 504.234.7216 or the BMX Track at 504.371.5197 or go to

Baseball at Mel Ott Park

Gretna Recreation Department is currently registering for T-ball, softball and baseball. Practices are expected to begin mid-April and games should officially start at the beginning of May.

As of now, the recreation department is not sure what the opening ceremonies will look like. They hope to resume the tradition of every team from T-ball through baseball, walking the first base line and gathering on the “Dizzy Dean” field. Check the City of Gretna website, for details on how to register your child online as well as to obtain any updated Covid-19 guidelines.