Survey for West End Lakeshore Park
West End Lakeshore Park: Development with Bars or Maintain Heritage Trees & Wildlife Habitat
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. Since then members of the New Orleans City and Jefferson Parish Councils have been working with State Representative Stephanie Hilferty to amend state laws and local ordinances to allow development of West End Lake Shore Park. In the meantime, opportunities to receive 3 to 1 Federal Matching funds for Environmental projects on Lake Pontchartrain have not been pursued for West End Lakeshore Park.
This survey is designed to both inform and ask for public opinion on the current discussion and options of converting the park to bars, retail, housing, commercial, a casino, and /or short-term rentals versus retaining the Park as a Park, returning it to the New Orleans Park and Parkways' Budget, add recreation and a dog park, and seeking Federal Funds to protect the wildlife habitat and bird sanctuary for pelicans, eagles, hawks, and other birds plus work with local nonprofit organizations to use the park for educational purposes on caring for the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, the benefits of trees, and environmental challenges to our planet.
Currently the focus of the New Orleans City Council is to re-zone 3-acres of the west side of the park along the Seawall for development. The three acres that are in Orleans Parish plus 1.3 acres that are in Jefferson Parish, but owned and under the control of the State of Louisiana are the target of converting to development. The state owned strip is shown in white to the left. There are approximately 29-Heritage Oaks on the 4.3 acres, which could reduce the buildable area to 1.9-acres.
Jefferson Parish has already decided it does not want to commercialize the 40-acres of Bucktown Harbor Park and expects to see a share of the revenue from the commercialization of West End Lakeshore Park.
Since 1906, West End Park has not had commercialization. The current parking lot began as a rose garden with trellises and was converted into a parking lot to support the bars and restaurants over the water in Jefferson Parish. Building over the water near the pumping station is no longer allowed. Thus, an option being consider by the Municipal Yacht Harbor Commission and city is to rezone the park and began development of the 117-year-old park.
More information is available on our website at www.Retifpark.org.
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