Visitors enjoy new seawall, amenities along N.O. Lakefront

Published: Sep. 2, 2014 at 1:52 AM CDT
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On Monday, people gathered along Lakeshore Drive to enjoy the Labor Day holiday and the newly enhanced New Orleans Lakefront.

"It's better than it was before so, yeah, I can appreciate it," said Tirrell Washington.

The most recently completed work is a $6 million seawall improvement project to fight erosion and to accommodate more recreational activities. The new seawall that stretches from West End Boulevard to an area just past the Mardi Gras fountain adds a new look for visitors.

"It's nice out here. They did a real good job," said Angel Poche.

Poche, who has been coming to the lakefront for years, now enjoys introducing a new generation to the beloved spot.

"I like it. I mean, it's not far from my house. It looks nice and my kids enjoy it," she said.

Some say the revitalization effort took too long. But most agree, the resurgence in activity throughout this summer has been refreshing and reminiscent of the Lakefront's glory days.

"I moved here in 1980 and I loved it out here. I mean there were barbeques every weekend, obviously you had the race cars, young people, I was young then. This was just the place to be," said Kenner resident Jeff Lewis.

But over the past few years, areas along Lakeshore Drive have gone through various construction projects, leaving some sections inaccessible.

Another phase of work near the UNO campus is underway, and construction on a permanent pump station at the Orleans Avenue Canal is causing some traffic restrictions, but closer to West End, the heavy equipment is gone.

"Millions of dollars of work right here that they've fixed this all back up. I mean, the lighthouse is back up and on and on it goes," Lewis said. "It looks fantastic."

"I love it. I love the view, you know. We've been coming to the lake you know for all my life. So, it's nice for it to get back going full tilt," Washington said. "Brought the kids out and everybody is having a good time. It's nice to see something positive going on."

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