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This sparkling-new, river-hugging green space paralleling the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods is ideal for a picnic, run, or walk, or just to get a different perspective on New Orleans. That starts as you cross the enormous, rust-colored steel arc, aka the Piety Street Bridge, to reach the park or via the less dramatic, wheelchair-accessible Mandeville Crossing closer to the French Quarter. From the freshly planted and paved paths, the French Quarter is a mysterious, distant vision; from the expansive waterfront stage set amid decayed wharves, the area’s industrial legacy nips at the heels. Watch for concerts and other events at this substantial, welcome space.