Just a short walk from the famed New Orleans’ universities–Tulane and Loyola–is where you’ll find the city’s beautiful Audubon Park. With the tranquil Mississippi River sitting on one side of the park and St. Charles Avenue on the other, Audubon Park lies on truly historical land.
The land’s historical past dates back to the Civil War when both the Union and Confederate armies marched over the land and used it for their own. The Buffalo Soldiers also visited the area, using the grounds as staging place. The land was then purchased by the City of New Orleans years later, with its intended purpose for the land to be turned into an urban park, to be named Upper City Park. The park was designated, in part, to house a World’s Fair, but that was never to be.
Audubon Park was eventually closed and then redeveloped as well as redesigned by John Charles Olmsted. It was also renamed to pay homage to New Orleans’ resident, John James Audubon, who was both an artist and a naturalist.
While many New Orleans’ landmarks suffered damage during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, Audubon Park sustained very little. A few live oak trees were the extent of the damage due, in part, to the park’s high ground location. The elevated ground was a popular location for the National Guard during the storm and relief workers after the hurricane.
Today you’ll find Audubon Park a place full of activity and beauty. Featuring picnic areas, sports fields, a golf course, and Audubon Zoo, you’re certain to find something to do in the park’s lush arena.
The city of New Orleans is steeped in history, with the grounds of Audubon Park being a wonderful example of times gone by. From war trodden land to a beautiful park filled with sights to see, Audubon Park’s grounds are walked by visitors and the ghosts of yesterday to make it a place every visitor must see.