Downtown is lookin' fine with the reopening of Mickey Markey and St. Roch Parks. After much contention, ">Bywater's Markey Park debuted its $500,000 make-over with fresh landscaping and a fenceless perimeter. Closed in 2011 because of high lead levels and then wrangled in a recent dispute over its un-designated, off-leash dog park, this looks like a clean slate for the park.
St. Roch Playground, built in 1910,"> celebrated its ribbon-cutting ceremony today with Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Flooded during Hurricane Katrina, the park became a FEMA trailer park. Largely written off, the park now has new baseball fields, basketball courts, restrooms, a concession stand, landscaping and benches. Mayor Landrieu laid down the law for the kids, "Keep it clean, keep it safe, keep it straight."
· Mickey Markey Re-Opens, Ribbon Cut On St. Roch Park [Nola Defender]
· Markey Park Re-opens To Public With New Landscaping, Improved Features [Nola.com]
· St. Roch Park in New Orleans, Once Dilapidated, Christened Anew [Nola.com]
· Op-Ed: BNA Responds To Neighbors' Markey Park Complaints [Nola Defender]