Part of a larger master plan that envisions a new, greener future for the City of New Orleans and its riverfront, Crescent Park was designed to reconnect people with the river and transform the remnants of the city’s industrial and maritime past into a verdant, accessible, community asset.
The Park grants unparalleled physical and visual access to the river, creating an environment for locals and visitors to interact and promote a healthy, active lifestyle with unrivaled vistas of the city skyline and the picturesque Crescent City Connection Bridge.
This 1.4-mile linear park includes 20-acres of indigenous landscaping, a network of paths suitable for walking, jogging, and biking; picnic areas, a dog park, and the adaptive reuse of two industrial wharves: the Piety Wharf and Mandeville Shed.
Both structures have been stabilized and repurposed to accommodate public gatherings, festivals and the host of artistic exhibitions that take place throughout the year. The architects made a conscious decision to celebrate and build upon the layers of history and character that already defined the sight.
A nod to the industrial past, the repurposing of both structures is a modern reinterpretation. In place of shipping and receiving goods, these two spaces provide opportunities for engagement and interaction, the exchange of ideas and conversation.
- Inscribed lines of the defunct railroad tracks are the foundation of all the pathways in the park.
- Though still separated from the Marigny and Bywatereighborhoods via an active rail corridor and flood wall, the site identifies the intersections of the main promenade with the historic street grid. Each intersection is highlighted by a large slab of concrete bearing the street name. This acts as a means of wayfinding and orientation while inviting visitors to sit and enjoy their surroundings.
By reconnecting to the river, New Orleans is following the trend of many world-class cities and exploring opportunities to restore and enhance the natural environment while simultaneously improving citizen’s quality of life.
Mark Ripple, Principal-in-Charge
Amanda Rivera, Project Manager
Allen Eskew, Principal-in-Charge
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Executive Architect / Architect of Record
Hargreaves Associates, Landscape Architect & Design Lead
Adjaye Associates, Design Architect (Piety Wharf & Bridge)
Michael Maltzan Associates, Design Architect (Mandeville Wharf & Bridge)
Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, Urban Design
Kulkarni Consultants, Structural Engineering
Lucien T. Vivien Jr. & Associates, MEP Engineering
St. Martin Brown & Associates, Associate Architect
Johanna Leibe & Associates, Associate Landscape Architect
Lam Partners PHA Lighting Design, Lighting Design
Urban Systems, Traffic Engineering
C.P. O’Halloran Associates Inc., Cost Estimating