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Nature Institute and Audubon Commission have received notification from Carrollton Boosters that the organization has withdrawn the proposed improvements of the soccer fields and related youth recreational programs funded by $4 million in private donations at Audubon Riverview Park,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