Is Pontchartrain Beach About to Reopen?

by • May 18, 2015 • Parks & Public Spaces, Sports & SpecialtyComments (0)3333

Image via Old-new-orleans.com

Image via Old-new-orleans.com

A new proposal has surfaced that would reopen Pontchartrain Beach as a recreational facility.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has a plan to reopen and manage the beach area, which would include a swimming area and educational features, but no amusement rides.

Pontchartrain Beach has been vacant and dormant for more than 30 years, when it was last in use as a public beach and amusement park.

The Advocate reports that the foundation would structure the deal as a lease with the Flood Protection Authority, which oversees the lake front area.  The board of commissioners is supposed to approve the lease this week.

You can read the full article, which includes a history of Pontchartrain Beach, here.

Only a few miles east if the site, the owner of Tipitina’s have plans to develop a huge entertainment complex at the old Bally’s riverboat casino landing in New Orleans East, which would include an amphitheater and water park.

 

 

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