Community provides input for Fleur de Lis Park playground improvements
Shaded areas, swings, and two separate play areas for younger and older age groups were some of the suggestions Lakeview residents offered at a community input meeting on improvements planned for Fleur De Lis Park.
The Lakeview Civic Improvement Association had their first meeting with representatives from the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and the City’s Capital Projects Administration on Thursday evening (July 29) to comment and vote on possible ideas and suggestions for replacing playground equipment at Fleur de Lis Park. The City of New Orleans has a $198,000 budget for Fleur de Lis Park improvements.
Lakeview Civic board member Trey Babin said in a phone call with the Gentilly Messenger that some of the playground equipment at the park is severely outdated and in need of replacement. He said about 20 to 25 people wrote their comments on a poster board to start back and forth feedback with the landscape architecture firm Dana Brown & Associates.
According to Babin, Dana Brown & Associates said about $160,000 will likely be spent on the new equipment, while the remaining funds will be used for investments in research, planning, and repairs.
Residents listed interests in having a water fountain near the park and also separated play areas for ages two to five and ages six to 12.
“Swings are really popular, but I think they’re kind of expensive because they take a larger blueprint,” Babin said.
The timeline for playground improvements sees plans being finalized close to the end of the year. Babin said he doesn’t expect construction to take too long after that.
The playground at Fleur De Lis Park is located on 6700 Fleur De Lis Drive and is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.