New Orleans - (January 4, 2017) New Orleans City Park is proud to announce the groundbreaking of the highly anticipated Marconi Bike/Pedestrian Path on the west side of the Park. When completed, the new path will complete the fourth side of the Park's bike path project: Robert E Lee, Wisner, Harrison, and now, Marconi.
The Marconi Path is a 10 feet wide concrete pathway stretching over 1 mile, connecting the existing asphalt along Robert E. Lee to the existing bike route along Harrison Avenue. The path is located on the east side of Marconi, passing along the lagoon edge between oak and cypress trees. There will also be a marked bike crossing point added at Filmore.
The path is a Transportation Enhancement Project, funded in part by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Federal Highway Administration. The path was designed by Bark Kleinpeter, Inc and the contract, competitively bid, was awarded to Command Construction Industries. The cost of the project is $698,888.00. The project's anticipated completion date is summer 2017.
Groundbreaking: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10 am
Location: Corner of Robert E. Lee and Marconi
What they are saying: "For some time Park users have enjoyed designated bike and walking paths off Wisner and Robert E. Lee and on Harrison," said Park CEO Robert Becker. "The Marconi Bike Path fills in the missing link and will provide a safe and scenic path between Robert E. Lee and Harrison."
Biking in New Orleans City Park is easy, even if you don't have your own bike. Bike (and boat) rentals are available at the Boat House on Big Lake: weekdays10 am to 4 pm and weekends 9 am to 4 pm. For more information about renting bikes or bike paths in the Park, visit: NewOrleansCityPark.com/in-the-park/boating-biking or call Wheel Fun Rentals at 300-1289.
New Orleans City Park is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational activities, attractions for children, and its natural beauty. City Park has a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must visit for visitors to the city. As a popular place to picnic, play a favorite sport, wander through its gardens or take a boat ride- the park receives millions of visitors each year. It is located in the heart of the city and is the largest recreation area for the entire metropolitan area. Attractions include: City Putt, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland fairytale playground, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and numerous athletic venues. The 1,300 acres of parkland provide enjoyment for young children playing on our playgrounds and walkers, joggers, and bicyclists winding through the park's streets and trails.