NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Nearly 10 years after flood waters inundated City Park, crews are beginning to rebuild one of its biggest attractions.
Local and state leaders joined City Park officials to break ground on a new championship level golf course.
The new 18-hole course will take over the area once occupied by both the East and West courses before Hurricane Katrina.
Gerry Barousse, chairman of the Bayou District Foundation, hopes that the project will bring both regional and national events to New Orleans.
"We expect that we'll have both visiting public coming here for conferences and conventions here, but we'll also have amateur events, professional events that we'd be able to host here so it'll be a great quality," Barousse said. "It's going to be I think a great aesthetic and really complement the park and bring revenues both to the park and our foundation."
Before Katrina, the golf course was more than just a place for people to play. Councilwoman Susan Guidry said the course was, and will be, a major money generator.
"This golf course, which is such a crucial financial engine for our park, for its future, is really one of those investments that I'm just thrilled to death to have been a part of this board during the last 5 years," Guidry said.
City Park leaders hope the new course will be complete in early 2017.