NEW ORLEANS – The City Park of 2016 isn’t your grandparents’ park.
Once home to moss-draped oaks and calm lagoons in the middle of the city, it’s now home to a dog park, tennis courts, football stadiums and a mini-golf course among other attractions. More are planned.
And now, park leaders are asking for the public to give its input about what to do with a swath of land in the heart of the 1,300-acre park.
The area in question is bordered by Scout Island, Harrison Avenue, Wisner Boulevard and Interstate 610.
Two public workshops will take place in the coming weeks to get input about future use of the land, and an online survey also seeks ideas.
“Right now, there is no preconceived idea for what this is going to be,” said John Hopper, the park’s chief development officers.
The process could lead to an amendment to the park’s master plan – known as City Park 2018 – which was approved in March 2005 with a $115 million price tag.
That saw the creation of the Great Lawn, Big Lake, the dog park and mini-golf course and several renovations. Among attractions to come are a splash park and a new Children’s Museum.
The area park leaders are looking for input on was most recently a golf course. But in recent years it has largely become an overgrown swath where people walk dogs on paved paths for golf carts.
“It is the last large section of the park that doesn’t have a plan for it,” Hopper said.
The first workshop will be held Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Arbor Room, 30 Zachary Taylor Drive.
The second one will take place Nov. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A link to the online survey can be found here.
Hopper said the City Park Improvement Association, the park’s governing board, will likely meet later this year or early next year to figure out the next steps.
While the park is seeking ideas about what to do with the area, they say they are cognizant of one fact.
“At the end of the day, the one thing that is finite is the number of acres we have,” Hopper said.
(© 2016 WWL)