Reconnecting with the river

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A year after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans envisioned a park that would put the land along the Mississippi waterfront to use. Construction began in 2010 thanks to $30 million in funds, and it opened in 2014.

The park, which is about a mile and a half long, includes 20 acres of landscaping, as well as paths for walking and biking. The paths are environmentally sustainable and constructed with permeable asphalt, which absorbs rainwater and decreases run-off.

The park was designed with the local neighborhood in mind -- there's a large, arched steel bridge that's a nod to the area's industrial past, and the concrete walls of the old wharf remain.

First published August 28, 2015: 3:12 PM ET

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