Sandy Rosenthal (center) at construction site of Levee Exhibit Hall and Garden. Photo/Kenneth Evans
In July, Levees.org will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the city’s first Levee Exhibit Hall and Garden.
It’s being built at the site of one of the most catastrophic breaches on August 29, 2005– the east breach of the London Avenue Canal in the Filmore Gardens neighborhood of Gentilly.
The story of how and why the 2005 Flood happened is presented in the Exhibit Hall. Visitors will also find out how the disaster has made the American people safer. A myth-busters section debunks five popular, but incorrect, assumptions about New Orleans and the people who live here.
The park which will be free and open to everyone, is a partnership between Levees.org and the neighborhood residents, Growing Green, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Parkway Partners and many more.
The Exhibit Hall and Garden will be a memorial to the trauma of the Flood, a commemoration of a pivotal moment in American history, and a symbol of the residents’ resilience and determination to return home.
Check back with this website for updates.
The park is built and maintained with private funding. If you would like to contribute, click here.
Sandy and K press from Ralph Madison on Vimeo.
Today, the founder of Levees.org spoke to a group of twenty broadcast journalists from South Korea who are in town to learn about disaster management in the U. S. and the role of the media.
The group met at the site of the nearly completed Open Air Levee Exhibition and Garden at the site of the east London Avenue Canal breach. (The background noise in the video above is caused by construction at the site.)
The visitors program is arranged through New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, a nonprofit that arranges professional programs for international leaders who come to New Orleans on U.S. State Department and other programs.
Sandy Rosenthal discusses the breach of the 17th Street Canal. Photo/Gary Michael Smith
TODAY: Levees.org’s 4th Annual Levee Breach Bike Tour departs today Saturday at 9 a.m.!
WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2015
TIME: 9 to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Departs City Park Boat Rental Parking Lot (restrooms available)
NOTE: You must provide your own bike.
The free two-hour tour is a healthy meaningful way to find out more about the worst civil engineering disaster in the U.S. history. Click here.