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New Orleans City Park. City Park.

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a nice place to stroll »

4.0 Stars

I was told New Orleans' City Park rivals New York's Central Park in size. Not sure how accurate that statement was, but this park definitely one up-ed NY on the Spanish Moss and palm trees. A nice place to take a walk over bridges and along paths laid out for you.

On Tue Jan 11, 2011 | Permalink

Lake Pontchartrain and the apocalypse »

4.0 Stars

I always find myself drawn to large green areas marked on maps. On a borrowed junk bike, I rode out to City Park, New Orleans’s largest greenspace. The park is home to many attractions, including an amusement park and art museum, but the majority of the land area is taken up by three golf courses. That was before Katrina. The hurricane turned the golf courses into marshy wastelands littered with overturned and dilapidated structures. The golf cart paths and sand traps are now overgrown with lush subtropical vegetation. It was a cold, somber day, and as I rode my bike around, I felt like the sole survivor of the apocalypse. I wish I had brought my camera.

The northern boundary of the park is at Robert E. Lee Blvd, but the neighborhood north still feels very park-like. I continued on a few blocks until I came to Lake Pontchartrain. The water was thick and black, like the dark abyss of hell. The lake looked too full as if it was going to spill over the concrete shore and drown us all.

I was underdressed, and after marveling the great enormity of the lake, I was thoroughly chilled. I retreated down the bayou and found a warm coffeehouse. It was called Fair Grinds. The coffee was good and the homemade zucchini bread was just what I needed to replenish the soul.

On Sun Mar 29, 2009 | Permalink

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4.0 Stars
1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA

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New Orleans's creepy answer to Central Park

Tags: katrina, park, swamp

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