The City of New Orleans Monday opened the Bywater portion of the new Crescent Park to the public.
The city says the park grants unparalleled views of the New Orleans skyline, Algiers, and the Mississippi River, creating an environment for locals and visitors alike to interact and enjoy new vantage points of New Orleans and recreational space along the riverfront.
By reconnecting to the river, New Orleans joins the growing list of world-class cities that are exploring opportunities to restore and enhance the natural environment while simultaneously improving citizen’s quality of life and enjoyment of the outdoors.
The 1.4 mile park spans from Elysian Fields Avenue in the Marigny to Mazant Street in Bywater and includes 20-acres of indigenous landscaping, a network of paths suitable for walking, jogging, and biking; picnic areas, benches, a dog run, and the adaptive reuse of two former industrial wharves.
The walking paths within the gardens are constructed with permeable asphalt paving, an environmentally-friendly material that allows for rainwater penetration, thus decreasing the amount of stormwater run-off.