Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2016

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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October 2016 167 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 2 8 Carrying on down the riverfront, six miles west of the city center, the Audubon Nature Institute consists of Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Park, the Aquarium of the Americas, and Audubon Insectarium. Audubon Park, designed by John Charles Olmsted, includes a 1.8-mile paved trail. You can get there on the St. Charles streetcar line. Woldenberg Park, located just a mile away from the convention center along the Mississippi River, opened in the early 1990s and twines the landscape with public art. The Aquarium of the Americas is located within Woldenberg Park, and in 2015, debuted a 90-foot linear water feature consisting of dancing splash pad fountains. City Park, one of the oldest parks in the country, is located near Lake Pontchartrain, about a 20-minute bus ride from the convention center. It is also accessible via streetcar, on the City Park line. In addition to being one of the oldest (it opened in 1854), the park is among the most expansive (1,300 acres) and most visited urban parks. The park offers fishing and boat rentals, as well as an 18-hole golf course, mini golf, and disc golf. Here you can find a botanical garden, sculpture gardens and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Charity- minded ASLA attendees can join the Race for the Cure at City Park on October 22, beginning at 7 a.m. Museums and Historic Places New Orleans has no shortage of history: in fact, the St. Charles Streetcar line is a historic landmark, as the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in America. To get a glimpse of the city's history, including that of the streetcar, check out the Laura C. Hudson Visitor Center in the French Quarter. Here also is the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Within the park are Chalmette National Cemetery and the site of the Battle of New Orleans, which is known for Big Weekend in the Big Easy (Continued from page 162) Above Historians agree: jazz began in New Orleans. Ask anyone and they'll tell you it's the place to be to listen to live jazz. Bourbon Street's reputation precedes itself, with countless bars to grab a drink at and clubs to listen to the music. For a lighter crowd, try Frenchmen Street – the music is just as lively and the covers are often free. Both Bourbon Street and Frenchmen Street are located within the French Quarter, the historic city center that's as old as the city itself. PHOTO: NEW ORLEANS ONLINE AND CHERYL GERBER (Continued on page 168)

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