Lincoln Beach Master Plan
Lincoln Beach, located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, served as an amusement park for African-American citizens during the period of segregation, 1955-1964. After being closed for over 30 years, the site had experienced considerable deterioration. As a result of interest from local neighborhood civic associations, the Board of Commissioners of the Orleans Levee District, the owner of the site, determined that a full evaluation of the site’s potential and Master Plan were needed to determine the future use of the property.
The Orleans Levee District commissioned BKI to conduct an evaluation of the existing physical, structural and environmental conditions at the Lincoln Beach site on Lake Pontchartrain and to recommend a plan for improvements for safe public access to the site and lake waters.
BKI created a Master Plan for passive recreational use of the 17-acre waterfront site incorporating the site’s history as an amusement park and swimming beach. The design theme used icons and patterns from the amusement park heritage, selective architectural restoration and an entertainment plaza overlooking the beach. The plaza had an amusement park ride theme with interactive fountains, paving murals and stage. The midway was retained for access with displays of Lincoln Beach’s history anchoring each end. BKI’s Master Plan emphasized restoration of the sand beach, with new a concessions building and bathhouse, nature trails, picnic pavilions, and fishing pier. The adjacent 10-acre site across Hayne Boulevard was used for parking, pedestrian access and active recreation facilities.
BKI estimated the total planned construction cost for this project at $18.2 million, divided into a five-phase implementation plan.