The Riverview - "The Fly"

Riverview - The Fly - New Orleans

The Riverview extends Audubon Park to the Mississippi River.

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 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and can accommodate a wide variety of activities.


Please be advised Riverview Park is currently undergoing temporary maintenance:

To address erosion accelerated by the unprecedented duration of high river water in the Riverview Park, Audubon Nature Institute will begin a series of phased maintenance to repair and restore soil, paving and bulkheads at the river’s edge.  

 

Phase I will include installing safety netting in areas experiencing accelerated erosion along the river’s edge.  There will be restricted public access to these areas until the river level has dropped and repairs can be made.

Phase II will include restoration of the river edge in areas of minor erosion to quickly return these areas back to the public.   Note that river height impacts schedule of all work performed.

Phase III will include repair and restoration to areas experiencing more extreme erosion.   Audubon will be replacing missing or damaged bulkhead timbers as well as restoring damaged or impacted areas of the sidewalk.

 

Audubon endeavors to make these necessary repairs with as little impact on the public as possible, but we appreciate patience as we restore the river bank.   


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.

Shelter Rentals/Events in Riverview
Shelters are available for rental from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Restrooms
The first set of restrooms are open. They are at the West side of the park near the old boat landing/dock. The second set of restrooms near the baseball fields and playground are currently under construction with portalets available.

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.

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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.

Audubon Nature Institute and Audubon Commission have received notification from Carrollton Boosters that the organization has withdrawn the proposed improvements of the soccer fields and related youth recreational programs funded by $4 million in private donations at Audubon Riverview Park, knows as “The Fly.”

"Based on the decision by John Payne, who designed and raised the funds for the proposed Sports Complex, it is with deep regret that I announce that Carrollton Boosters is withdrawing its proposal to bring additional recreational opportunities to Audubon Riverview Park, also known as The Fly, said Rini Marcus, president of the Carrollton Boosters board of directors.’’ “For the past several months our organization and Audubon Commission has worked tirelessly to address concerns expressed by the community in an effort to devise a revised plan for how to best expand youth athletics in New Orleans while preserving one of our city’s precious green spaces. “Unfortunately, those discussions have failed to yield consensus on a way forward. Carrollton Boosters provides sports programming for children from 135 different schools and approximately 4,200 families. With this proposed soccer project, our organization’s only goal was to further our mission of cultivating a spirit of sportsmanship, teamwork and competition within our community.’’ - Carrollton Boosters