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New addition to riverfront park opens in New Orleans

New addition to Crescent Park opens Thursday. (FOX 8 Photo) New addition to Crescent Park opens Thursday. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

On Thursday, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will join officials with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to celebrate the opening of the Marigny portion of Crescent Park.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Thursday afternoon to mark the opening of the Mandeville Crossing pedestrian bridge and elevators. 

The Mandeville Crossing is an elevated walkway crossing over the Mississippi River floodwall and active railroad lines and connects Elysian Fields Avenue to the Mandeville Shed and Ellipse.

Crescent Park is a 1.4 mile linear park that stretches from Elysian Fields Avenue in the Marigny to Mazant Street in Bywater and provides unparalleled views of the New Orleans skyline, Algiers, and Mississippi River.

The park creates an environment for residents and visitors alike to interact and enjoy new vantage points of New Orleans and recreational space along the riverfront. 

The $31.2 million Crescent Park project was funded as part of the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Long-Term Community Recovery Program of the State of Louisiana and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Bywater portion of Crescent Park opened to the public in February 2014.

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