The Crescent - Downriver Park is first and foremost about reconnecting New Orleanians to the Mississippi Riverfront. The park will grant unparalleled physical and visual access to the river, creating an environment for locals and visitors alike to interact and enjoy new vantage points and recreational space along the River.
A collaborative effort, led by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and a team of architects that includes George Hargreaves, Michael Maltzan and David Adjaye, the Downriver Park spans from Esplanade Avenue in the Marigny to Bartholomew Street in Bywater. The planned 1.4 miles of public open space includes 20 acres of indigenous landscaping, playgrounds, a dog run, and two signature multi-use spaces – Mandeville Shed and the Piety Wharf.
The Mandeville Shed and Piety Wharf, linked together by a linear park and Piety Gardens, offer a balanced mix of passive river-watching with opportunities for active recreation and community interaction
Construction of the Downriver Park is now underway. Neighbors and visitors will notice construction mobilization efforts that include construction signage, safety fencing, jobsite trailers, and staging of construction equipment along the Riverfront to sustain the project’s management.
Due to the park’s linear nature along the Riverfront, much of the work to be done will take place behind the floodwall. Views of barges deployed in the River to facilitate pile casings and supplemental marine repairs to the underside of the Mandeville Wharf Shed and Piety Wharf deck can be seen from Algiers Point, from tall buildings with a view of the southern riverfront, or from river borne vessels. These early efforts will support new crossings into the riverfront park from the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods.
Through mid 2011, brick and mortar construction elements that will be evident include pilings and foundation work at the intersection of Elysian Fields and Esplanade Avenue along N. Peters to bear the Mandeville Crossing. Roof demolition and environmental remediation of the Mandeville Wharf columns and deck is underway. Additional work currently being performed will result in water & sewer improvements, electrical enhancements, landscaping, and site grading along the entire area of the park.
Construction of the Park is anticipated to be complete in spring 2013.
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The New Orleans Building Corporation, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Facilities, Infrastructure and Community Development will oversee the development of the new riverfront park. For more information, contact the Disaster-CDBG Program Management Office at (504) 658-8405.