NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The historic Pontchartrain Beach site could reopen as a public swimming area.
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation pitched the idea to the east bank levee district committee on Thursday, asking to lease the Pontchartrain Beach site to reopen as a public swimming beach and nature preserve, according to our partners of Nola.com/The Times Picayune. The area would be leased to the non-profit at a nominal cost.
The committee agreed to recommend to the full authority board on May 21.
Located just north of the University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park, the property is owned by the Orleans Levee District.
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation had plans for the site that date back before Hurricane Katrina. At the time, they wanted to split the beachfront into three segments. The segments would include a swimming area in the middle, a place for motorized boats to tie up on the eastern side, and an area for non-motorized boats on the western side.
There are no plans to add amusement park attractions.
Pontchartrain Beach was once a popular family destination on New Orleans. The amusement park closed in 1983. It was known for its large boardwalk, sandy beach and numerous rides.