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City Park Observation Deck 2.0

Urban Design

Client
New Orleans City Park
Location
New Orleans, LA

Less than a year after it opened, an arsonist set fire to the elaborate cypress deck in City Park’s Couturie Forest where hikers often stopped to rest or meditate. Park officials dedicated the deck, which sits atop a 45-foot-tall man-made hill called “Laborde Mountain,” and the three hiking trails leading to it in the spring of 2011. Funding for the project came from the Louisiana Recreational Trails Program. The deck was redesigned by SMM and installed in 2017 with granite and anti-vandalism precautions.

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