Crescent Park

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Crescent Park
New Orleans’s newest public park lies along about a mile and a half of Mississippi Riverfront—a lovely retreat reclaimed from industrial squalor. The main entrance is near the foot of Esplanade, marked by a boxy footbridge (with elevator) over the railroad tracks, which divide the park from nearby, low-slung neighborhoods. While walking along the river, note how the powerful Mississippi currents and twisting river requires a river pilot dexterity, as the massive barges passing slide past sidewise 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 bridge (designed by noted architect David Adjaye, and locally dubbed “the rusty rainbow”) into the Bywater neighborhood for a walk back to the French Quarter.
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