Audubon Commission Seeks Public Feedback to Start Planning Process for Riverfront

15:07 October 19, 2018
By: Ka'Cell Mansura

On Wednesday, October 24, Audubon Commission will host their second listening session for their new project Riverfront For All. The session will be held in Algiers Library on 3014 Holiday drive from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. The session is also an opportunity for members of the community to provide feedback as well as comments on the upcoming project. 

The Riverfront For All project is a new innovative way to provide the city of New Orleans with a contiguous park on the riverfront by converting the Esplanade Avenue and Governor Nicholls Street wharves. This will be one of the largest contiguous parks in the nation, expanding from Crescent Park in the neighborhood of Bywater to Spanish Plaza at the foot of Canal Street. The project will include 2.25 miles of open space for everyone to enjoy more of the city of New Orleans. 

With a $15 million budget courtesy of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans & Co. and Audubon Nature Institute with assistance from the Port of New Orleans Audubon Commission has also teamed up with architects Eskew + Dumez + Ripple and Manning Architects. These two first as known for their dedication to giving back to the community and project planning skills so their partnership goes perfectly with the vision of the Audubon Institute and the vision of the upcoming park.  

For those interested in attending, the meeting will include data collection, discussion of programming alternatives that address recent nearby riverfront improvements, a review of the comparative analysis of other successful waterfronts worldwide, concept development, submission of a final plan, approval of that plan, and a design and construction bidding process. Aside from the meeting to encourage public feedback Audubon Commission also has opened an engagement session on their website. 

The 3 third listing session will be on held on Tuesday, October 30th at the Fairgrounds in the Black & Gold Room on 1751 Gentilly Blvd from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. For more information and updates you can check out their website RiverfrontForAll.org.

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