Plan to revitalize Pontchartrain Beach considered

Plan to revitalize Pontchartrain Beach considered

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A plan to revitalize the old Pontchartrain Beach into a simple sandy swimming shore is under consideration by the Pontchartrain Levee District.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is asking for permission to lease the land and create a natural habitat and beach for visitors.

"We would be leasing the beach and doing a certain amount of rehabilitation to the beach, to make the beach safer, with the eventual goal of opening it to the public," said Dr. John Lopez with the foundation.

The plan would also include an educational area to teach children about the ecosystems near and in the lake. Lopez said the foundation is looking forward to creating a "beach culture" if the proposal passes.

"Pontchartrain beach has been closed so long, there's kind of a generation of folks in the city that really aren't accustomed to being out on the beach and don't understand the cautions we have, so we look at improving the beach, but we also look at educating the public," Lopez said.

Lopez said even if the plan is approved, the beach likely wouldn't open this year.

Copyright 2015 WVUE. All rights reserved.