HELP PLAN THE FUTURE OF BUCKTOWN HARBOR AND THE LAKEFRONT !  TAKE THE SURVEY !  SURVEY ENDS SUNDAY, JANUARY 21ST !

Project Overview

Bucktown has long been a focus of activity along Lake Pontchartrain.  From fishing camps and speakeasies to its current incarnation as a center for boating, fishing and open space activity, Bucktown Harbor is an authentic, valued community asset.  What's next for Bucktown's Harborfront? That's the question Jefferson Parish, design consultants, and the community-at-large are seeking to answer for this nearly 30 acre lakefront site.  The goal of this effort is to assemble a plan for Bucktown Harbor that provides a compelling, community driven vision for the future.  The Vision Plan will set the stage for follow-on funding source identification, detailed master planning and ultimate implementation of renewal efforts.  

Jefferson Parish Poll:
Have you ever visited Bucktown Harbor? (select one)
Yes, many times
55%
Yes, infrequently
35%
I have not visited Bucktown Harbor.
8%
Not sure
2%
Closed to responses | 690 Responses
Jefferson Parish Poll:
What activities have you participated in at Bucktown Harbor? (select all that apply)
Walking
65%
Biking
43%
Park and Open Space Activities
39%
Attended an Event
33%
Boating
27%
Fishing
21%
Other
12%
I have not participated in any activities at Bucktown Harbor
11%
Closed to responses | 514 Responses

What are your Priorities?

We want to plan and design Bucktown Harbor around your priorities and needs.  By taking a moment to answer the questions below, we can better target uses and activities important to you.  Your responses will help the planning team establish design options, and ultimately, the final Vision Plan for Bucktown Harbor.  

Jefferson Parish Poll:
Our mission is to "Invigorate a harborfront rich with tradition and local flavor by providing new opportunities for recreation and boating while supporting a strong community through thoughtfully designed public spaces and environmental preservation areas." Of these mission statement values, which one is MOST important to you? (select one)

Create new opportunities for public recreation.
30%
Improve natural areas and environmental habitat.
27%
Strengthen community quality of life and activities.
22%
Provide enhanced options for boating and water dependent activities.
19%
Not sure.
2%
Closed to responses | 571 Responses
Jefferson Parish Poll:
Do you support increasing open spaces and landside recreational facilities at Bucktown Harbor? (select one)
Yes
78%
No
13%
Not Sure
9%
Closed to responses | 551 Responses
Jefferson Parish Poll:
What THREE landside recreational investments would you MOST like to see at Bucktown Harbor? (select THREE)
Expand walking trails and related facilities.
51%
Expand natural landscape and habitat areas.
48%
Expand biking trails and related facilities.
37%
Provide an open air performance space / landscape.
36%
Expand passive recreation (e.g., picnic areas).
34%
Provide facilities for children (e.g. playground).
25%
Provide an arts facility / multipurpose community space.
16%
Provide active recreation (e.g., soccer field).
9%
No improvement to parks, open spaces and recreation.
6%
Other improvement (list below).
4%
Closed to responses | 509 Responses
Jefferson Parish Poll:
Bucktown Harbor currently provides a small amount of recreational boating slips. This generates a modest income supporting other site activities. Are you in favor of expanding and improving facilities for recreational boaters? (select one)
Yes
65%
No
24%
Not sure
11%
Closed to responses | 534 Responses
Jefferson Parish Poll:
Beyond recreational boating, what THREE investments would you MOST like to see in the category of water dependent recreation? (select THREE)
Closed for Comments
Jefferson Parish Poll:
Bucktown has a long history of providing facilities in support of local commercial fishing. Are you in support of expanding facilities for local commercial fishermen? (select one)
Yes
69%
No
21%
Not sure
10%
Closed to responses | 552 Responses
Jefferson Parish Poll:
Are you in support of development of cultural facilities and features that celebrate the heritage of commercial fishing at Bucktown and the Lake? (select one)
Yes
71%
No
18%
Not sure
11%
Closed to responses | 547 Responses
Jefferson Parish Poll:
Are you in support of a seasonal farmers market at Bucktown Harbor? (select one)
Yes
79%
No
18%
Not sure
3%
Closed to responses | 559 Responses
Jefferson Parish Poll:
Are you in support of seasonal festivals and events at Bucktown Harbor? (select one)
Yes
77%
No
17%
Not sure
6%
Closed to responses | 562 Responses
Jefferson Parish Poll:
If anything were possible on the site, what one thing would you love to have included?
Closed for Comments
Jefferson Parish Poll:
What other thoughts and ideas can you share with the design team to help guide this important process?
Closed for Comments
Jefferson Parish Poll:
How many people reside in your household? (select one)
0 to 2
57%
3 to 4
37%
5 to 6
5%
7 or More
1%
Closed to responses | 474 Responses
Jefferson Parish Poll:
What community do you reside in? (select one)
Bucktown
43%
Metairie
15%
Lakeview / Lakefront
13%
Old Metairie
10%
Bonnabel Place
8%
Other Not Listed
5%
Greater New Orleans Area
5%
Ponchartrain Shores / Gardens
1%
Closed to responses | 477 Responses

Stay Involved

Your continued involvement is critical to the success of this planning effort.  Completing our brief survey is a great way to kickstart your participation and be heard.  

We would encourage you to also take part in scheduled community open house sessions.  This is a great way to interface with the design team and share your aspirations, issues, and ideas.   

  • Community Priorities - January 10, 11:00am - 8:00pm (with presentations at Noon and 6.30) and January 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm.  Lakeshore Playground Meeting Room, 1125 Rosa Avenue, Metairie.  

  • Initial Planning Concepts - February 6 and 7.  Lakeshore Playground Meeting Room, 1125 Rosa Avenue, Metairie.   Meeting times to be scheudled.   

Finally, check back to this planning site to stay up to date on the latest project news and also subscribe to our email (see below) and twitter feeds. (@bucktownharbor)  (@jeffparishgov)   

The Schedule Moving Forward

All the data collected from this survey effort and Public Open House 1 will be distilled into a series of conceptual alternatives for Bucktown Harbor.  Alternatives will presented at Public Open House 2, scheduled for February 6 and 7, as well as on this website.  From feedback received, a draft Vision Plan will be prepared--including detail on implementation and project funding--by early March. Stay connected through this website and social media streams for more information on final dates.  

The Bucktown Harbor Vision Plan is an initiative sponsored by Jefferson Parish.  The consulting team consists of Moffatt and Nichol and Barowka and Bonura Engineers and Consultants (BBEC).  A nineteen member project steering committee made up of citizens, business owners and elected officials from Bucktown and the region meets monthly to help guide this process.    We thank them for their efforts and continued support of the Bucktown Harbor vision planning effort.

  • Lauren Averill 
  • Joel Borrello
  • Barbara Chifici
  • Louis “Woody” Crews
  • Risty Gaude
  • Peter Gerica
  • Mike Hollis
  • Allyson Hymel
  • Dan Favre
  • Daniel Redmann
  • Mark Schexnayder
  • Melinda Schwegmann
  • Jeffery Simno
  • Elizabeth Spansel
  • Dr. Bob Thomas
  • Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken
  • Leo Web
  • Steve Wobbema
  • Maggie Woodruff

OPEN HOUSE PRESENTATION MATERIALS 

Want to spend time looking at the materials provided for the Bucktown Harbor Open House?  Both the posters and presentation are offered below (PDF formats).  

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Past Project Activity

*What is your age?* (select one)
  • 176 37% 56 to 69
  • 127 27% 40 to 55
  • 124 26% 18 to 39
  • 48 10% 70 or Older
  • 0 0% 17 and Under