Bywater section of long-awaited Crescent Park opens

Bywater section of long-awaited Crescent Park opens

Credit: Advocate Staff Photo / John McCusker

Crescent Park will extend down from the French Quarter toward the Bywater. Here is a section of it as seen from Press Street looking upriver.

Print
Email
|

wwltv.com

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Andrew Vanacore / The Advocate
Email: avanacore@theadvocate.com | Twitter: @AVanacore

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.”

For the full story, click over to our partners at The New Orleans Advocate

Print
Email
|