Master Plan Community Input - New Orleans City Park

Master Plan Community Input

As a component of the Park’s Master Planning process, an 18-month undertaking that launched in July, City Park Conservancy – along with landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (MVVA) – wants to hear your vision for the future of City Park.

Community engagement is at the center of the planning process. Throughout the process, we will offer various opportunities for you to learn about design ideas and provide feedback to inform design, including six public meetings.

The first public meeting was held on Wednesday, September 27. During this meeting, the design team introduced themselves and some of their previous work, presented results from the online survey to date, and shared initial insights for City Park. Public questions and design team answers can be found here.

The second public meeting was held on Wednesday, December 6. During this meeting, the Project Team facilitated six stations that covered different topics and enabled multiple opportunities for discussion and feedback.

The third public meeting will be held at Dillard University Professional Schools and Sciences Building (2601 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70122) from 5:30 – 7:30pm on March 21. This meeting will focus on understanding existing conditions and identifying necessary interventions to improve the Park’s lagoons, lakes, and water systems. Essential to the history of New Orleans City Park, these areas contribute to the experience and richness of the landscape’s diverse ecosystem. Like the previous Master Plan meeting, the format for the evening will be “Open House” style and will include seven stations, which are outlined below.

Subsequent meetings will continue to elicit input from the public and focus on topics:

  1. September 27, 2023 @ City Park’s Pavilion of the Two Sisters – Kick-Off Meeting – Complete
  2. December 06, 2023 @ Warren Easton High School – Circulation & Access – Complete
  3. March 21, 2024 @ Dillard University – Lagoons, Lakes, and Water Systems
  4. May 2024 – Landscape Types
  5. September 2024 – Destinations, Traditions, and Programming
  6. December 2024 – Final Master Plan Presentation

Public Meeting #3 Station Topics:

  • Public Meetings Results & Feedback
    • This station will display results and key takeaways from previous public-engagement efforts including surveys, the structure of the Master Plan process, and a review of the last public meeting’s content about Circulation & Access.
  • The Wooded Island
    • This station will continue the development of the well-received concept of the Wooded Island, which the Project Team has brought back to life from the original 1930’s Master Plan where the island was partially implemented through the WPA’s efforts to create lagoons by utilizing the water from local bayous. Revitalizing the Wooded Island concept will create a central Park destination in the future, providing an immersive experience of native Louisiana landscapes that would only otherwise be seen outside of the city.
  • Celebrate Water as the Unifying Park Experience
    • This station will introduce improvements to the visitor’s experience that draw on the value of the historic lagoons throughout the Park, making the water’s edge more accessible, more active, more comfortable, and more ecologically diverse.
  • Improve Water Quality Within the Park
    • This station will focus on analyzing the existing conditions of the Park’s lagoons system, the health of the shoreline, and the impact of stormwater runoff on the Park’s waterways. It will also identify methods for managing the ecological health of the lagoons.
  • Integrate Water Systems into the Park Design
    • This station will explore strategies for making stormwater management feel like a cohesive and essential part of the Park. These stormwater improvements will be designed to enhance and diversify the Park experience with a new collection of ecotypes.
  • Improve Stormwater Management in the Park
    • This station will show how the Park currently performs during a range of storm events and explore ways to reduce the burden on the city’s stormwater infrastructure.
  • City Park History Station
    • This station will narrate the rich history of City Park through key moments that have been critical in shaping the landscape and its role in the city since the 19th This will shed light on overlooked pieces of New Orleans history, educate visitors, and help identify ways to make the Park more inclusive.
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