Master Plan Design Concepts - New Orleans City Park

Master Plan Design Concepts

Informed by the initial survey with over 5,000 respondents and public input from the second public meeting, focusing around circulation and access, the current Master Plan is reimagining two big ideas from the 1933 Master Plan to create access for the millions of Park visitors of all backgrounds and abilities – those without cars, those in wheelchairs, and more – to make sure they have safe passage to experience the Park’s 1,300 acres:

  • A Park Promenade
  • The Wooded Island

Park Promenade:

The Promenade, following existing park roadways, will begin at a major gateway landscape in the south at Orleans Avenue and connect all areas of the Park, ultimately reaching a northern gateway at Allen Toussaint Boulevard. The Promenade includes safe passage for pedestrians & bikes and opens equitable access throughout the Park, destinations old and new, and a variety of experiences of a Wooded Island including Louisiana native landscapes.

The Wooded Island:

A wooded island, approximately 180 acres, shaped by the waters of the lagoons was carved out of former cypress swampland by 20,000 workers during the Works Progress Administration – forming a park within a park. The concept of The Wooded Island represents the single largest opportunity in New Orleans to deliver a robust range of passive recreation and new activities missing from City Park and NOLA parks system today, all set within native Louisiana landscapes that would otherwise only be experienced well outside the city.

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