In 2018, Jefferson Parish embarked on an ambitious effort to renew its lakefront. The goal: Create a unique, celebrated lakeside corridor of recreational and natural spaces. Aligned with this goal is the desire to increase the resilience of the levee system and protect adjacent communities. Restored marsh and other bio-engineered features provide a first line of defense against storm surge and rising lake levels while improving water quality and ecological function.
Starting with Bucktown Harbor, Parish staff, planners, and the community worked collaboratively to develop a vision for 23-acres of parkland and marina facilities. With support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Resilience Fund Program, planning continued with study of developing a 70-acre living shoreline between Bucktown and Bonnabel—one of the largest of its kind in the U.S.
What’s next? Community leaders and planners are working to fund the vision through a variety of public and private sources. Construction of the new Bucktown Harbor Educational Boardwalk is underway. Design is nearing completion of several other feature projects of the new Bucktown Harbor—the Multi-Purpose Harbor Pavilion, new kayak launch facilities, and others. The hope in 2020 is to extend planning and renewal beyond Bonnabel west to the Causeway and the length of Jefferson Parish’s lakefront. Adding this area creates the possibility for a renewed stretch of +/- 10 miles of Lakefront.