Brechtel EcoPark: New Orleans, LA

Client: Westbank Redevelopment Corporation and City of New Orleans Parks & Parkway Commission

Summary: The Westbank Redevelopment Corporation (WRC) engaged Dana Brown & Associates, Inc.* to develop a plan for restoring and managing Brechtel as an EcoPark with ecologically based passive recreation opportunities. Dana Brown & Associates, Inc. conducted public meetings, organized and managed volunteer groups, and developed both an EcoPlan and a Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Brechtel Park. The innovative RMP outlines maintenance and management actions and strategies that will conserve and protect the park’s wildlife habitats, bottomland hardwood forest, wetlands, lagoons, and overall hydrology while providing for public use and enjoyment.

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Services:

  • Restore Brechtel Park’s ecosystems disturbed by Hurricane Katrina, while simultaneously developing it as an EcoPark
  • Develop a plan for protecting, restoring, managing, and enhancing Brechtel Park as an EcoPark
  • Provide passive recreational attractions that are primarily ecologically based and emphasize the education and enjoyment of the site’s natural resources
  • Organize and direct volunteer groups in properly restoring the EcoPark
  • Promote Brechtel Park as an ecological and environmental education center within the New Orleans region

* formerly known as BROWN+DANOS landdesign, inc.

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