Wisner Tract Map
Join us on Thursday, September 12, 2019 to share your ideas at a Public Meeting.
Wisner Tract Public Meetings:
Thursday, September 12, 2019
4 pm or 6:30 pm
Arbor Room at Popp Fountain
12 Diagonal Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
The Wisner Tract is 100-acre open space centrally located within City Park. It is currently the focus of a planning effort undertaken by City Park and Design Workshop, a landscape architecture firm.
What is the Wisner Tract?
The Wisner Tract is approximately 100 acres of former golf course bounded by Harrison, Wisner, Zachary Taylor, and Magnolia Drive. It is one of the last unprogrammed places in City Park. See map to the side of this paragraph.
What happens there now?
The Grow Dat Youth Farm is located on one edge of it, the Disc Golf course is located there and during middle and high school cross country season there is a temporary course made for meets. However, the largest number of everyday users are numerous walkers, bicyclists, and birders who use the old golf course paths to wind their way through the landscape.
What is the history?
Pre-Katrina, it was part of one of 4 golf courses in City Park. The Master Plan 2018 called for a reduction in the number of golf courses and after the storm the Park reduced the number of courses to two, now located between Harrison and Robert E. Lee. City Park maintained the old golf course paths, began removing invasive trees, and modified its mowing schedule to aid in attracting birds. In 2017, after several public meetings, the City Park Board of Directors changed its Master Plan to designate the Wisner Tract as “Passive Recreation”.
What is Passive Recreation?
A space designated Passive Recreation accommodates “non-structured casual activities with minimal habitat impact; these areas are compatible with low impact and temporary uses.”
What’s in the future for the Wisner Tract?
In July 2019, City Park contracted with Design Workshop to lead a planning process to propose specific uses and programs for the Tract. At the end of the process, the result will be a detailed plan for land use, programs, landscaping, and management practices.
What are the goals of the Wisner Tract Master Plan?
This plan will emphasize flexible, passive programming with stormwater management best practices that position the space both as an aesthetic and functional amenity to the region. A new, vibrant, and immersive nature-based design will establish a restorative escape from bustling city life, support habitat rehabilitation and ecological education, increase park visitation, and create an experience unique to New Orleans. Temporary uses for the site will be considered if they accommodate existing uses and provide opportunity for revenue to maintain the site.
How can the public be involved?
We want the public’s input! There are currently two public meeting scheduled for September 12, 2019 and another public meeting will be scheduled in November 2019. If you are unable to attend a meeting in person but wish to make comments about the Wisner Tract and its future, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and watch this space for updates.