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Crescent Park New Orleans Louisiana United States
Crescent Park New Orleans Louisiana United States
Crescent Park New Orleans Louisiana United States
Crescent Park New Orleans Louisiana United States
Crescent Park
New Orleans’s newest public park lies along about a mile and a half of the Mississippi River—a lovely retreat reclaimed from industrial squalor. The main entrance is near the foot of Esplanade Avenue, marked by a boxy footbridge (with elevator) over the railroad tracks, which divide the park from nearby low-slung neighborhoods. While walking along the water, note how the powerful Mississippi's twists and currents require dexterity from a river pilot, as the huge passing barges slide past sideways angling for the bends. At Piety Wharf—a former warehouse location converted into a massive sculpture that invites contemplation—you can cross a steeply arched span (designed by noted architect David Adjaye, and locally dubbed the Rusty Rainbow) into the Bywater neighborhood for a walk back to the French Quarter.
Crescent Park
One of New Orleans’s newest attractions opened just over a year ago. The riverfront portion of Bywater had long been an abandoned strip of industrial and commercial land that cut the neighborhood off from the Mississippi. The first portion of the park, 1.4 miles long and running from Elysian Fields Avenue to Mazant Street, has been acclaimed for providing a new outdoor space for Bywater residents while recognizing the area’s industrial heritage.

That heritage includes the busy waterfront industry and the train tracks that run along one side of the park. “This new park that opened up just over a year ago lets you hear a different sort of music,” Ben says. “That of the Mississippi and the boat traffic on the great waterway. It’s another place I love to take my daughter.”

—Ben Jaffe
Crescent Park New Orleans Louisiana United States

2300 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
+1 504-636-6400
Sun - Sat 6am - 7:30pm