Brechtel Park, a 110-acre passive recreational park located in Algiers, Louisiana, serves an important function in the area’s hydrology and as ecological habitat for many aquatic, avian, and wildlife species. The park’s natural systems were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, causing ecological imbalance. By conducting a thorough analysis of the site and collaborating with community citizens, Dana Brown & Associates developed a Park’s master plan consisting of goals and strategies to support the enhancement efforts of Brechtel Park. The plan set forth strategies to accomplish the following: ensure that the park and lagoon hydrology is sustainable, include fishing piers and canoe/pirogue docks along the lagoon, create native meadows that increase ecological diversity while reducing maintenance, transform a wet area into a wetland educational experience with boardwalks, and restore the damaged forest to once again provide habitat for the thriving local and migratory bird populations.
Westbank Redevelopment Corporation
2010 ASLA LA Chapter Honor Award