A portion of the long-awaited — and long-delayed — Crescent Park, a riverfront park running alongside the Bywater neighborhood, opened Monday, offering residents and visitors another vantage on the Mississippi River with walking and cycling paths, gardens, picnic areas and a dog run.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration made the unexpected announcement at an afternoon press conference after refusing for weeks to answer questions about why the park hadn’t opened.
City Council President Jackie Clarkson said last month that Landrieu’s administration told her the delay had something to do with possible soil contamination, but the city would say only that it was waiting for the contractor to finish the project.
Mary Ann Hammett, a member of the Bywater Neighborhood Association, said she raced out of the bath to make the press conference. “My legs are still trembling,” she said. “But it’s open, and we’re delighted.”
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