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Louis Armstrong Park, New Orleans

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Louis Armstrong Park is a 32-acre (130,000 m2) park located in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, just across Rampart Street from the French Quarter.

In the 1960s a controversial urban renewal project leveled a substantial portion of the Tremé neighborhood adjacent to Congo Square. After a decade of debate, the City created the present-day park from that land. This park was designed by New Orleans architect Robin Riley and was named after New Orleans-born Jazz legend Louis Armstrong.

The footprint of the present-day park contains the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts and several buildings owned by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. The portion of the park immediately in front of the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium is the site of Congo Square, formerly known as Beauregard Square, famous for its role in the history of African American music and spiritual practice.
Some elements of the park's design have been subject to critique throughout the years. Residents of the adjacent Tremé and French Quarter neighborhoods have called for the removal of the large fence that separates the park from surrounding areas and for incorporating the large concrete parking lots in the rear of the park into the park's greenspace The presence of these parking lots are often attributed to high rates of subsidence and flooding along N. Villere Street.

Louis Armstrong Park was home to the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1970. While that festival has moved to the larger space of New Orleans Fairgrounds, Armstrong Park has more recently been the home of many other events, including the "Jazz in the Park" free concert series, the Treme Creole Gumbo Fest, and the Louisiana Cajun & Zydeco Festival.

Monuments include a 12-foot statue of Louis Armstrong. by Elizabeth Catlett, a bust of Sidney Bechet, and a depiction of Buddy Bolden.
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  • We wandered around here for over an hour. Water fountains, multiple statutes, old buildings, cute and unique bridges, and wildlife. Loved this park! There was also a large group of musicians playing.....  more »
  • This park is a great place to relax as the beauty of the art thru at the park water fountain and the peacefulness can can sit and relax and have a nice lunch. The sad part is you see several building....  more »
  • Though the park has great potential, it is not well kept and is uninviting. The sculptures give it a nice touch and meaning. To a jazz fan like me, a picture at the statue of Louis Armstrong is a must. But my wife and I only spent about 15 minutes here. The experience could be far better if the park was in better shape.
  • A great park, that includes Congo Square (which strikes me as being more round than square) and the empty since Katrina and almost certainly haunted by now (the ghosts can easily get in through all the broken windows) Municipal Auditorium (which I’d love to peek inside), but they kick everyone out, lock the gates, and close the park down at 7PM, even in the summer, when it’s still daytime, which is why I can’t give it five stars. In all fairness, they do the same at Lafayette Park in the French Quarter, which brings up the unpleasant issue of homelessness in a land where we could do so much better (including fixing up the auditorium and putting it to good use.)

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