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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Crescent Park

Crescent Park is now open to the public.

Crescent Park is open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. During daylight saving time, Crescent Park is open until 7:00 p.m.

Crescent 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.

“Crescent Park is now open to the public, providing unprecedented views of the New Orleans skyline, Algiers, and the Mississippi River,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “As one of my administration’s committed capital projects, Crescent Park will further anchor redevelopment and revitalization and serve as an important gathering place or residents and visitors alike. The Mississippi River is a cherished resource, and this park will offer the public even more access to its beauty. This park is another sign that we are building the city we always knew we could be. I know Crescent Park will be embraced not only by the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, but by the entire city of New Orleans.”

Park Details

Crescent Park was first envisioned in 2006 during a planning process led by the New Orleans Building Corporation (NOBC) in an effort to utilize portions of the Mississippi riverfront that were no longer used for maritime commerce. The result was a unique project to develop the riverfront adjacent to the historic Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods into a public park space. Despite their proximity, these neighborhoods have been historically cut off from riverfront access due to maritime activities, active railroad lines, and the Mississippi River floodwall. In 2008, the City awarded $31.2 million to the NOBC for this project, as part of the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Long-Term Community Recovery Program of the State of Louisiana and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Construction of Crescent Park began in late 2010, implementing a linear design along the riverfront. The City coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Port of New Orleans, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans throughout construction. Crescent Park was designed through a collaborative effort led by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and a team of architects including George Hargreaves and Michael Maltzan, constructed by Landis Construction of New Orleans, and managed by The Tobler Company on behalf of the City of New Orleans.

Crescent Park is landscaped with native plantings, most of which are grown regionally.

NOBC has entered into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the French Market Corporation to operate, maintain, and provide security at Crescent Park. The City is working closely with the French Market Corporation to transition operation duties.

Park Features

Mandeville Crossing – The Mandeville Crossing pedestrian bridge and elevators connects Elysian Fields Avenue to the Mandeville Shed. It features stairs and two elevators that connect to an elevated walkway crossing over the Mississippi River floodwall and active railroad lines.

Mandeville Shed and Ellipse – The Mandeville Shed is a former industrial wharf space that has been repaired and converted into an open-air community and event space and includes restroom facilities. At the edge of the Mandeville Shed is the Mandeville Ellipse, a raised grass lawn.

Promenade –The Promenade is a pedestrian and bicycle path that extends along the entire stretch of Crescent Park. Site lighting fixtures along the Promenade are LED luminaires, which provide ecological and durable energy efficiency. The Promenade does not include striping for bicycles. Cyclists are expected to use the Promenade in a similar fashion to Woldenberg Park (i.e. passive cycling).

Piety Street Arch – The Piety Street Arch pedestrian bridge connects Charters Street to the Piety Wharf. It features stairs crossing over the Mississippi River floodwall and active railroad lines. A public parking lot is located along Chartres Street at the foot of Piety Street.

Piety Wharf – Piety Wharf is a former industrial wharf space that has been repaired to provide sweeping views of the Mississippi River and New Orleans skyline. The area adjacent to Piety Wharf includes a garden and picnic area.

Downriver “Kickabout” and Dog Run – The Downriver “Kickabout” section of Crescent Park is located between the Piety Wharf and Mazant Street Ramp entrance. It offers open recreation space, a picnic area, and a fenced dog run. In this portion of Crescent Park, the banks of the Mississippi River include a natural river batture ecosystem.

Mazant Street Ramp – The Mazant Street Ramp connects to a public parking lot and the Promenade allowing access to all of Crescent Park.

Crescent Park features three entrances: the Mandeville Crossing pedestrian bridge and elevators (area between North Peters Street from Elysian Fields Avenue to Marigny Street and the floodwall), Piety Street Arch pedestrian bridge, and the Mazant Street Ramp. The Mandeville Crossing pedestrian bridge and elevators and Mazant Street Ramp entrances are ADA-compliant.
 

Park Rules

Crescent Park Rules

  1. Park Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Park is open until 7:00 p.m. during daylight saving time.
  2. No skateboards, motorized vehicles, segways, motorcycles, scooters, glass containers or bottles, littering, heavy equipment or vehicles are permitted in the park.
  3. No overnight activity.
  4. Parking is only permitted in designated areas.
  5. All pets must be leashed at all times while on the park grounds except in dog run area. All pets must be curbed.
  6. No cooking of any kind.
  7. No swimming.
  8. No entry into Mississippi river, batture or areas beyond fences and guardrails.

Crescent Park Dog Run Rules

  1. Dogs must be spayed or neutered.
  2. Dogs must be healthy, vaccinated and collard with current rabies & ID tags. Choke or prong collars are not allowed in the off-leash area. Bordetella shots are strongly recommended.
  3. Puppies under 6 months are prohibited.
  4. Limit of three dogs from a household per visit.
  5. Children less than 8 years are prohibited from entering fenced dog run area.
  6. Children fewer than 16 years must be accompanied by an adult and should not run, chase dogs or pet other people’s dogs unless permission is granted by the owner. Children are not allowed to bring toys into the dog run.
  7. When entering the dog run, remove dog’s leash once inside the gated area. Dogs must be on a leash and under control of their owners/handlers at all times when outside of the fenced dog run area.
  8. Dog run gates must be closed immediately after entering or exiting the run.
  9. Owners/handlers must discourage their dogs from running to meet other dogs at the gate.
  10. Dogs showing aggression toward people or other animals must be leashed and immediately removed from the run by owners/handlers.
  11. Owners/handlers must remain inside of fenced area, with leash in hand, and within view and voice control of their dogs at all times.
  12. Owners/handlers must immediately clean up after their dog(s) and properly dispose of waste. Plastic bags and garbage cans are available on the premises.
  13. Owners/handlers must stop their dogs from digging and immediately fill any holes dug.
  14. No dog treats, rawhide chews or human food within the fenced area. No glass containers are allowed.
  15. No toys are allowed in the dog run except balls and frisbees.
  16. No bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, strollers or scooters allowed in the dog run. No jogging allowed in the dog run.
  17. No smoking, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or firearms allowed in the dog run.
  18. Owner waives liability to the City of New Orleans and the French Market Corporation for injury or damage caused by pet. Owners are solely liable for injuries or damages caused by their dog(s).

 

 
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Last updated: 7/2/2015 4:09:59 PM

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