Cabrini Park is a rare patch of public green space in the residential section of the French Quarter.
Regular users were pleasantly surprised last week when the park reopened after an eight-month closure, but now they are shocked at a new development: the park — or at least a portion of it — is listed for sale.
The Orleans Parish School Board quietly posted a notice last week that the land at 900 Barracks St. is for sale along with surplus buildings, mostly vacant schools.
The School Board owns only the chunk of the parcel wedged between two city-owned portions, yet the listing includes the park’s entire 1.3 acres, which would include all three portions. Asking price: $4.65 million.
Meg Lousteau, executive director of the Vieux Carre Property Owners and Residents Association, said she just learned of the development, but is certain there will be deep concern among residents that the decades-old park might leave the public domain.
“As far as, really, a green space inside the French Quarter, this is it. So people feel very protective of Cabrini Park, and I can’t imagine any support for any use of this parcel for anything other than a park,” Lousteau said.
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