Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM by Amanda Frentz
On Thursday, July 31, 2014, a 100-foot pedestrian bridge was installed between the Volunteer Center and Couturie Forest at 1009 Harrison Avenue.
The bridge arrived on semitrailers in two 50-foot sections. It was off-loaded by a large crane and then bolted together to form one 100-foot long bridge. The crane then hoisted the bridge over the lagoon and the ends were secured to the previously installed footings. (Guys and machinery are involved so there were multiple opportunities for delays!)
Near the birdge, a fence was installed and new gravel parking lot was placed in the area.
Funding for the project was provided by the Louisiana Recreational Trails Program, City Park, and Friends of City Park.
Couturie Forest is the perfect place to escape from the city without ever leaving town! Combined with Scout Island, the 60-acre Couturie Forest is a nature-lover’s haven filled with native trees, scenic waterways, and fascinating wildlife — all in the heart of the New Orleans.
The forest is a great place to wander with your kids, family, and friends. An afternoon along the trails is more than just exciting – it’s an easy way to work in some exercise and learn a thing or two about the park’s rich, natural landscape. Expect to see countless varieties of trees, fish, and birds along the trails and beautiful waterways. Couturie Forrest was named New Orleans’ top bird-watching destination, and it’s not uncommon for birders to see 40 species or more in a single outing.
Couturie Forest is made up of eight distinct ecosystems and is home to New Orleans’ highest point of elevation: Laborde Mountain. Measuring a daunting 43 feet above sea level, oxygen and sherpas are available upon request.
After Hurricane Katrina, Couturie Forest became a laboratory for the rebirth of a forest. The more often you visit, the more you’ll see the gradual, natural revitalization taking place, including the restoration of a tree canopy, the eradication of invasive species, and the growth process of thousands of new saplings.
And remember: the magic of Couturie Forest wouldn’t be possible without the support and work of volunteers. Visit the volunteer page for more information.