Group hopes to halt construction of new City Park golf course

Group hopes to halt construction of new City Park golf course

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Some citizens are hoping to halt the construction of a new golf course being constructed at New Orleans City Park.

Nearly 10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina inundated the golf courses at New Orleans City Park. Now, construction is underway to bring a Championship Level course back.

Plans indicate that the course will be bigger and better than before. The new course is comprised of a 250 acre footprint bordered by Filmore Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Marconi Drive and Wisner Boulevard. The layout of the $13,180,00 eighteen hole course incorporates portions of the former East and West courses.

However, not everyone is happy about the plan.

In the nearly ten years since Hurricane Katrina destroyed the previous East and West Courses, the land was minimally maintained and nature took over. Tall grass and wildlife now fill the area.

Some say they prefer this open space over a new golf course. Those who prefer the open spaces will meet on Tuesday to express their views.

In an email signed by "concerned City Park users," a group states their intent to make their voices heard. They will meet at 4 p.m. and request that the City Park Board of Commissioners halt construction if the new golf course until citizens have an opportunity to comment on the project

"New Orleans is a different city now than it was 10 years ago – we're younger, we're more active, and we're more concerned with sustainability – so shouldn't we have a master plan for City Park that reflects that? We demand transparency and public participation at New Orleans City Park," the group stated in a press release.

Construction for the new course is slated to finish in February 2017.

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