Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS – Officials on Wednesday broke ground on a miniature golf complex for City Park which they hope will continue a post-Katrina renaissance for the 1,300-acre park.
The two new 18-hole miniature golf courses, which will feature New Orleans and Louisiana themes and icons, will be located across from Storyland and adjacent to the green space of the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn.
A clubhouse with rooms available for private parties will also be constructed. It is a return to City Park's past, since there were miniature golf courses in the park in the 1920s and again in the 1960s.
“This is really exciting, especially for people like me who remember playing miniature golf here or elsewhere with their grandparents,” said Robert Lupo, president of the City Park Improvement Association.
“What’s really impressive here is we’ve had over $1 million contributed by the private sector to this development,” Lupo said.
The miniature golf courses are scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2013.
City Park chief executive officer Bob Becker said plans are also continuing for a major championship golf course along Wisner Blvd., as well as a new splash park.
-- with reporting by Paul Murphy