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Lafreniere Park

Lafreniere Park is located in Metairie, Louisiana, adjacent to New Orleans. It is situated in the middle of suburbia and nearby is a busy interstate highway. Formerly a horse racetrack known as Jefferson Downs this park offers something for everyone, from soccer fields and running tracks for the athletic to passive areas for viewing wildlife and water. It is a dedicated Bird Sanctuary. The Marsh area has an elevated walkway connecting several areas of the park with a gazebo along the way for quiet reflection. There is a beautiful carousel for the young and the young at heart.
It is a publicly owned park and citizens pay a monthly fee of $1.10 attached to their water bill for its upkeep. It was established in the mid 1970's and dedicated in the early 1980's.
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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans metro area and Lafreniere Park suffered some minor tree losses and heavy waterfowl losses. Many of the egrets were hanging dead in the trees where they fled for safety. The Park was closed on August 26 and then used as a dumping ground for trees and tree debris picked up in Jefferson Parish. It was turned to mulch. As of today, January 11, 2006, the Park is still closed to the public. The ducks, swans, and geese that were so accustomed to people must wonder "where did everyone go."
The Park reopened to the public on March 3, 2006.

BE SURE TO SCROLL DOWN AND READ THE STORIES UNDER THE PHOTOS, ESPECIALLY THE SHOTS AFTER KATRINA. THAT IS WHAT MAKES THIS A PHOTO/JOURNAL.
December 11, 2008
December 11, 2008
Pavilion at Sunset
Pavilion at Sunset
Park History
Park History
Lafreniere
Lafreniere
Lady can you spare a dime
Lady can you spare a dime
Gazebo in Marsh Area
Gazebo in Marsh Area
More water
More water
Autumn in Southeast Louisiana
Autumn in Southeast Louisiana
Mushroom
Mushroom
Family and gulls
Family and gulls
Roosters
Roosters
Everyone enjoys the birds
Everyone enjoys the birds
Honoring fallen heroes on Veterans Day
Honoring fallen heroes on Veterans Day
Soccer tournament
Soccer tournament
Bird Sanctuary Sign
Bird Sanctuary Sign
Bright November Day
Bright November Day
Single Swan
Single Swan
Wetlands area for birds
Wetlands area for birds
Willows_waterfall_ ducks
Willows_waterfall_ ducks
White Ibis
White Ibis
Afternoon swim
Afternoon swim
Nutria
Nutria
Girl feeding birds at dusk
Girl feeding birds at dusk
Carousel at Lafreniere Park
Carousel at Lafreniere Park
Lafreniere Park Carousel
Lafreniere Park Carousel
Marsh Island
Marsh Island
January 2005
January 2005
Guarding the Gazebo
Guarding the Gazebo
Lady Swan grazing
Lady Swan grazing
Evening Parade
Evening Parade
Nesting Swans
Nesting Swans
So new so perfect
So new so perfect
She and her dog
She and her dog
Feed the birds
Feed the birds
Love Birds
Love Birds
Parterre Garden Plaque
Parterre Garden Plaque
LP Christmas lights
LP Christmas lights
Lafreniere Park Christmas Lights
Lafreniere Park Christmas Lights
Blue Native Louisiana Iris
Blue Native Louisiana Iris
Louisiana native irises
Louisiana native irises
Wood Duck
Wood Duck
Sailing on Lake Lafreniere
Sailing on Lake Lafreniere
Fourth of July_Lafreniere Park
Fourth of July_Lafreniere Park
Crested Ancona Ducks
Crested Ancona Ducks
Swans in the Rain
Swans in the Rain
Swans
Swans
Where Did All the People Go
Where Did All the People Go
Lunch is Served-Sept. 16
Lunch is Served-Sept. 16
September 16_Hurricane Katrina aftermath
September 16_Hurricane Katrina aftermath
Bewildered Birds
Bewildered Birds
October 19, 2005
October 19, 2005
Hurricane Debris Site
Hurricane Debris Site
We're Still Here  October 19
"We're Still Here" October 19
Damage from Hurricane Katrina
Damage from Hurricane Katrina
Bird Sanctuary
Bird Sanctuary
Stillness of Winter
Stillness of Winter
It Was a Long Winter--Park Reopened March 3
It Was a Long Winter--Park Reopened March 3
Geese On Golden Pond
Geese On Golden Pond
First Day of Spring 2006
First Day of Spring 2006
Renewal of Life
Renewal of Life
New Goslings for Two Mammas
New Goslings for Two Mammas
New Babies
New Babies
Park at Sunrise
Park at Sunrise
Only Eleven Hours Old
Only Eleven Hours Old
 Lafreniere Park Swans
::  Lafreniere Park Swans ::
Lafreniere Park Swans
:: Lafreniere Park Swans ::
Unsubtle
Unsubtle
Carousel in Motion
Carousel in Motion
Volunteers Help Repair Damages of Katrina
Volunteers Help Repair Damages of Katrina
Swan Babies and Their Parents of Spring 2007
Swan Babies and Their Parents of Spring 2007
Where are those swans when I need them?
Where are those swans when I need them?
Much too early in the year for babies
Much too early in the year for babies
Lafreniere's First Registered Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)
Lafreniere's First Registered Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)
Beginning of the Snowstorm of December 11, 2008
Beginning of the Snowstorm of December 11, 2008
The Snowstorm of December 2008
The Snowstorm of December 2008
The trees are wondering why they are cold
The trees are wondering why they are cold
Snowball Fight
Snowball Fight
Snowstorm - Notice Pavilion in Background
Snowstorm - Notice Pavilion in Background
Poor Visibility
Poor Visibility
Snowstorm of December 2008
Snowstorm of December 2008
Not Even Falling Snow Can Interrupt This Lady Jogger
Not Even Falling Snow Can Interrupt This Lady Jogger
December 11, 2008
December 11, 2008
Sundown in the Park
Sundown in the Park
God Bless America - Independence Day
God Bless America - Independence Day
Making Snow
Making Snow
Mama Swan Cuts a Path Through the Ice for Her Cygnets
Mama Swan Cuts a Path Through the Ice for Her Cygnets
Swan Makes its Way Through the Ice
Swan Makes its Way Through the Ice
The Week the Lagoon Froze Over
The Week the Lagoon Froze Over
A Winter Visitor
A Winter Visitor
Poor Babes in the Woods
Poor Babes in the Woods
Beautiful Brown Rabbit
Beautiful Brown Rabbit
Dog Park Dedicated on January 7, 2012
Dog Park Dedicated on January 7, 2012
Dogs Try out their New Park
Dogs Try out their New Park
Birds of Winter at the Park - Ibises and Seagulls
Birds of Winter at the Park - Ibises and Seagulls
Live Oaks Planted on Marsh Island
Live Oaks Planted on Marsh Island
Sunset Concert by Amanda Shaw
Sunset Concert by Amanda Shaw
Listening to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Listening to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Spray Park Opening July 13, 2012
Spray Park Opening July 13, 2012