Press Street Gardens

Public Spaces

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)
New Orleans, LA

With its new Bywater campus on the New Orleans riverfront, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) is building towards its goal of becoming the national model of arts education for the 21st century. Following a master plan effort led by Eskew Dumez Ripple with SMM as landscape architects, the Press Street Gardens was one of the first projects to be realized from the plan. Supporting the Culinary Arts High School curriculum at NOCCA, the students grow their own vegetables to use in their culinary classes. The students also run The Boxcar, a food truck that operates from this site. At the far end of the cafe area is the Louisiana Educational Garden which will feature an outdoor classroom pavilion surrounded by native plants, a rain garden and plants with historical significance to Louisiana.

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