Initial Riverfront for All Plans Submitted to City of New Orleans
Audubon Nature Institute has submitted the Initial Improvement Schematic Plans to the City of New Orleans for the Riverfront for All project. The plans reflect Audubon’s preliminary vision to renovate the wharves along Governor Nicholls and Esplanade Avenue into recreation and park space, creating one of the longest contiguous riverfronts in the country.
The schematic plans were developed following years of discussions, five public listening sessions, and in-person and online input from more than 1,000 people. The plan is now with the City for review and approval.
“New Orleans has so much investment happening along the riverfront in terms of maritime, tourism, and other developments. The creation of this park is just one piece to the entire riverfront redevelopment,” said Ron Forman, Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO. “More than 300 years ago, this city was first developed right along the Mississippi River. We are confident this project will be a major boost to the original front porch of the city.”
Plans call for additional green space, small entertainment venues, walking and bike paths as well as an elevated walkway and a community center. Once completed, the entire riverfront park and recreation development will span two and a quarter miles from Spanish Plaza through Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Moonwalk to Crescent Park.
“Once we get a green light from the City, we can begin with the detailed planning and get construction underway,” said Forman. “Our goal is to have at least a portion of this improvement project complete in time to welcome guests to the city for the 2025 Super Bowl.”
Link to plan can be found here: https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/riverfront-for-all