2018 in New Orleans is the city’s tricentennial, a celebration of 300 years of rich history and culture. But the year-long tricentennial celebration does not just reflect on the history of the Crescent City - it looks forward to the future of New Orleans. These special projects all will impact the future of New Orleans and ensure that the city has 300 (and more) incredible years filled with progress and success.
Travel to New Orleans is booming, and the Crescent City’s airport has decided to accommodate the increase in domestic and international travel with a new North Terminal. Scheduled to open in February 2019, the new terminal will be spacious (972,000 sq. feet) with two concourses, 35 gates, a 2,190 parking garage, local restaurants, and various vendors.
Right on the river at Canal Street, the World Trade Center in New Orleans has been vacant for years. Now, a beautiful Four Seasons Hotel will take its place, featuring 350 rooms, 76 hotel-serviced condos, and more. The New Orleans Riverfront will experience increased foot traffic and business, and the hotel will be a stunning addition to the New Orleans skyline.
Historic Gallier Hall is undergoing a full restoration and preservation as a legacy project for the tricentennial. This restoration will help New Orleans preserve a vital historical landmark and create a wonderful, preserved space for future generations.
This bicycle and pedestrian trail (formerly an industrial railroad track) connects the French Quarter to Bayou St. John and Mid-City, connecting neighborhoods in an innovative way. It inspires locals and visitors to get active via bike or foot, interconnects neighborhood communities, and fosters a new gathering place.The Lafitte Greenway is a way to see these vibrant neighborhoods that includes green space, physical activity, and community building.
The roads, sidewalks, sewer lines, gas pipes, and electrical conduits received a major update in early 2018. Visitors can now stroll on Bourbon Street with fully upgraded roads and infrastructure.
Recreation centers have been newly opened all around the city by Mayor Landrieu and the New Orleans Recreation Development Committee, featuring computers, wi-fi, air hockey, and educational programs for the city’s youth.
The New Orleans Museum of Art has announced a six-acre expansion of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The project is anticipated to be completed in winter of 2018, as part of the city’s tricentennial celebration. The expansion, which will double the size of the current sculpture garden, will feature 22 new pieces, an outdoor amphitheater and stage, pedestrian bridges and walkways, a new gallery, and an outdoor learning environment. It will be free and open to the public seven day a week. For more information visit www.noma.org/sculpture-garden.