New Orleans City Park
City Park in New Orleans sustained devastating damage after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005. Portions of the park were underwater for almost two weeks. Assisting the State of Louisiana and FEMA, Suzanne Turner Associates was commissioned to conduct a Cultural Landscape Report in order to determine zones of significance and to determine boundaries for the historic landscape of the park, dating as early as the 1850s. This comprehensive inventory and analysis identified several significant layers of the landscape that still possessed integrity, and gave the State and park management a comprehensive tool to use for decisions related to the expenditure of recovery funds.
Of special note during the research was the revelation that Big Lake and Little Lake – located in proximity to New Orleans Museum of Art – were originally designed in the shapes of Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas. This new information, uncovered while conducting archival research, prompted a reevaluation of pending plans for the renovation of the lakes, resulting in the restoration of the original outlines of the lakes as designed in 1893.
The New Orleans City Park Cultural Landscape Report was given the Merit Award by the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.