The city will begin renovating several New Orleans Recreation Department playgrounds this year, beginning with the George W. Carver Playground on Prytania Street near the Mississippi River.
That park is slated to undergo $650,000 in repairs and upgrades, according to a cooperative endeavor agreement that Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration intends to sign with the state to facilitate the renovation. The City Council voted Thursday to authorize the mayor to execute the agreement.
The state will use bond money to pick up about $450,000 of the construction cost. The city had requested state capital outlay funding to repair Carver and other playgrounds in 2012. To cover the rest of the tab, the city will use $200,000 from bonds it is scheduled to sell later this year, an administration spokesman said.
A timeline for construction will be decided after an architect is selected for the project through a request for proposals.
Construction will include the regrading of the softball field and the renovation of the park’s basketball court and the pavilion covering it. The park’s bathrooms and concession building also will be renovated.
In addition, plans call for an existing children’s playground installation to be demolished and replaced with new equipment. Fencing will be replaced, and a water fountain and an air conditioning unit will be repaired.
Carver is the first in a wave of parks that will be improved in the coming months. Brechtel Park, Bodenger Playground and Behrman Recreation Center in Algiers and Taylor Playground in the Irish Channel also are slated for various repairs.
No timeline has been set for when those projects will begin.