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Old Metairie Pocket Park Aims to Become a Model for Rainwater Retention

It's an unassuming swath of land you might pass up while on your way through Old Metairie, but this pocket park is about to become a laboratory for rainwater retention.

Incoming Jefferson Parish Councilwoman At-Large Cynthia Lee-Sheng and architect David Waggonner of Waggonner & Ball Architects have an ambitious plans for Bayou Metairie Park, at the corner of Metairie and Labarre roads: they want to make it a park that demonstrates "living with water."

The park will feature plants that are especially water-loving, as well as paths made of permeable materials to absorb water, with the aim to mitigate flooding without using pumps. Waggonner & Ball is designing the park's water-friendly features.

With the eventual Metairie Trader Joe's, public art in Fat City, and this progressive pocket park, Lee-Sheng continues the fight to make Metairie cool.

· Metairie park to become demonstration project for "living with water" [The Advocate]
· The Results Are in: Metairie Will Never Be Cool [Curbed NOLA]
· 30-Plus Public Art Installations to See in New Orleans This Fall [Curbed NOLA]