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.”
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