The second community workshop meeting took place on Wednesday, November 16th. Once again, nearly 150 people attended. Based on feedback from the first meeting and the 900 online responses, our consultants prepared three alternatives for the 255 acres under review.
Here are the three alternatives labelled Alternative A, Alternative B, and Alternative C.
To view maps larger, please click on the link at the bottom of this page.
At the second meeting, participants once again sat at approximately 20 round tables. Each was given a blank card and asked to vote for their favorite alternative. Here are the results of that polling:
Each table was then given five “favorite” cards and five “dislike” cards and asked to list their five favorite components from the three different alternatives. They could like an option on an alternative they did not vote for as their favorite. They also listed the five components they really didn’t like no matter which alternative it was part of.
The two charts that follow list the all the favorites and all the dislikes. The A, B, and C listed on the charts below refer to the three alternative maps from above, namely Alternative A, Alternative B, and Alternative C.
For example, the first listing under Overall Favorites – “A – Soccer Fields” means that a total of four cards were turned in indicating they liked the soccer field location in Alternative A. The three soccer field listings underneath signify that 13 cards were turned in indicating they preferred the soccer fields in either Alternative B or Alternative C.
For those that want to dig a little deeper into the data, the next two charts list the breakdown of the Favorites and Dislikes ranked from Most Favorite to 5th Most Favorite and also Most Disliked to 5th Most Disliked.
The following slide was shared at both public meetings. It is important for everyone to remember that all the information received at both workshops and via the online survey, constitute just one of many factors that the City Park Board needs to consider before making any final decisions.
City Park Management will review the results of the workshops, on-line survey, other correspondence, and the factors that go into making Master Plan decisions. They will develop recommendations and review them with the City Park Board of Commissioners. A final recommendation and proposals for Master Plan Amendments will then be subject to a public hearing and board action.
These steps are anticipated to occur during the third quarter of 2017.
Questions? Feel free to email John Hopper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the recent workshops and via comments made on the online survey, many questions were asked and observations made.
Here are some answers and comments:
I’d like a bike repair station in the park.
You don’t need to wait, we already have one. It’s located on the southern end of the gravel parking lot at the entrance to Couturie Forest - 1009 Harrison Avenue. Even if your bike doesn’t need to be repaired, you can always top off the pressure in your tires.
Why can’t I access the Ropes Course at the southern end of Scout Island?
We are happy to have a ropes course in the park. On some of the elements participants are 20-30 feet in the air. They are in harnesses and kept safe by a guide on the ground that has a safety rope hooked up to their harness.
For that reason, we need to keep the area secure and it is not open to the public absent the presence of trained instructors.
The Ropes Course is administered by the Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program (LOOP). LOOP works primarily with area schools, but occasionally works with corporate and other groups on teambuilding exercises. To learn more about LOOP, please visit their website: www.loopnola.org
Why aren’t all the quadraplex ball fields open and why isn’t the old concession building open to the public?
For the most part, Katrina is in the park’s past. Unfortunately, not completely. Katrina wiped out the park’s maintenance buildings. Since that time, our maintenance department has been housed in a portion of the Quadraplex. Their offices are in the old concession building. Our plans are to build a new maintenance building adjacent to the Celebration in the Oaks warehouse immediately south of the railroad tracks.
The plans are drawn and the state has appropriated the money for the new maintenance building. Unfortunately, the state has not yet released the funds to build the maintenance facility. Until that happens, the maintenance department will remain in a portion of the sports Quadraplex.
More than one person has commented that they want to be able to walk/run their dog off leash in the area.
1. City Ordinance [Chapter 18, Section 18-14] requires all dogs to be on a leash not only in City Park but throughout the City.
2. Your Fido may be a soft and cuddly lover, but we have had calls from folks who have been bitten by dogs off leash; mothers who have called fearful of lumbering dogs running up to their toddlers; and several instances of a park duck that has been killed by an off leash dog.
3. The one place where you can run your dog off leash is at City Bark. Here’s a link to more information: http://neworleanscitypark.com/city-bark-test
Why can’t I access Popp Fountain?
Popp Fountain is open to the public on Sundays from 9 am – 5 pm, unless the facility has been rented for a Special Event. We hire a guard to monitor the area on Sundays.
We had to start locking the gates because of excessive vandalism to the fountain area.