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The Riverview

The Riverview

The Riverview, also known as "The Fly" to locals, provides open green space, recreational fields, a playground and beautiful views of the Mississippi River. Accessible by ample parking this area is open to the public from 5am to 9pm and can accommodate a wide variety of activities.

Picnic Areas

The Riverview has been a popular picnic destination for over 50 years featuring grassy areas. Public bathrooms are available for guests visiting the Riverview.

Soccer Fields and Baseball Diamonds

The Riverview features athletic fields—some with lighting—for soccer, rugby, lacrosse and flag football league play and tournaments. A baseball/softball complex features five fields, one of which is specially designed with a rubberized surface that allows children with special needs to play baseball. The soccer fields and baseball diamonds located in the Park are operated by Carrollton Booster Club. Please contact Carrollton Booster Club for use of these facilities.

Miracle League Fields

The most unique of the five baseball fields, the Whitney Bank Miracle League Field, features a baseball diamond built atop a rubberized surface that allows children with special needs to play baseball. Civic leader David Voelker led the charge to build the field—it is Louisiana’s first Miracle Field and one of 200 in the United States. It was created through a partnership among Audubon, Children’s Hospital and the Miracle League of Greater New Orleans. Opening day was September 26, 2009 when 60 New Orleans area disabled youths played baseball for the first time ever.

History

The riverside portion of Audubon Park is known as the Fly, an almost-forgotten reference to the butterfly-shaped river viewing shelter constructed in the 1960s and later demolished in the 1980s.

Enhanced Athletic Offerings at Riverview Park

Sports fields at Riverview Park, the stretch of Audubon Park behind Audubon Zoo commonly known as “The Fly,” will soon be upgraded with a modern athletics complex. A new field will be constructed on the site of existing fields to accommodate a wide range of sports, including soccer, flag football, football, kickball and lacrosse. The project also includes new restrooms, a concession stand and locker room, a new playground and $250,000 of new landscaping including 50 new oak trees.

The $4 million project of the non-profit Carrollton Boosters is being financed 100% with private funds. Carrollton Boosters is overseeing planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the new complex, which will open in the fall of 2016.

  • “This project provides more recreational space for children, particularly our underserved and handicapped youth. In this age of smartphones and computer screens, it’s especially important to create spaces outdoors where our children can exercise and learn to appreciate nature, and this project provides that.” – J. Kelly Duncan, Audubon Commission President
  • “This reminds me of the community spirit behind a project I led after Hurricane Katrina, when we replanted St. Charles Avenue with 334 new oaks. It’s going to be a wonderful long-term boost for our city’s kids and is a great example of how we can work together in post-Katrina New Orleans.”  -  Ted Le Clercq, Audubon Nature Institute board member
  • “This sports complex is an exciting addition to what Carrollton Boosters has already completed when they improved the baseball area, making it a really great park for kids to play in for years to come. Last year, 4200 families participated in Carrollton Boosters programs, and with the completion of this new project, we hope to increase that number substantially.   With over $20,000 dollars in scholarships awarded last year, we’re pleased that everyone who wants to participate can play with Carrollton Boosters. Carrollton Boosters is greatly appreciative of all the local companies, families and foundations that have contributed funds to make this new project a reality” – John Payne, overseeing the project for Carrollton Boosters

As part of the project, a large steel art installation erected 20 years ago will be removed and stored at Audubon’s expense. Though Audubon’s contractual obligation for displaying the piece has been fulfilled, Audubon has agreed to assist the artist in finding a new location to display the piece.

The Audubon Commission and Audubon Nature Institute Board, in cooperation with civic leaders from across the city, agreed that providing more green space for general public use and increasing athletic outreach to underserved and disabled youth represented a meaningful and fitting use of the space for the community.

Carrollton Boosters has coordinated youth sports programs in New Orleans for more than 75 years. Carrollton Boosters has invested more than $7 million in the existing facilities that are used by thousands of families annually.

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