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Pontchartrain Park, New Orleans

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- land  0.93 sq mi (2 km)
- summer (DST)  CDT (UTC-5)
Area code  504
- water  0.07 sq mi (0 km), 7%
Area  259 ha
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Pontchartrain Park is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Gentilly District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Leon C. Simon Drive to the north, the Industrial Canal to the east, Dreux Avenue to the south and Peoples Avenue to the west.


Map of Ponchartrain Park, New Orleans, LA, USA


Pontchartrain Park is located at 30°01′19″N 90°02′25″W and has an elevation of 0 feet (0.0 m). According to the United States Census Bureau, the district has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.6 km2). 0.93 square miles (2.4 km2) of which is land and 0.07 square miles (0.2 km2) (7.0%) of which is water.

Pontchartrain Park includes a golf course and the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy located at Wesley Barrow Stadium. Adjacent to the Pontchartrain Park golf course is the campus of Southern University at New Orleans.

Adjacent Neighborhoods

  • Gentilly Woods (south)
  • Lake Terrace/Lake Oaks (north)
  • Milneburg (west)
  • Pines Village (east)
  • Boundaries

    The City Planning Commission defines the boundaries of Pontchartrain Park as these streets: Leon C. Simon Drive, the Industrial Canal, Dreux Avenue and Peoples Avenue.


    As of the census of 2000, there were 2,630 people, 1,009 households, and 736 families residing in the neighborhood. The population density was 2,828 /mi² (1,096 /km²). As of the census of 2010, there were 1,482 people, 551 households, and 385 families residing in the neighborhood.


    Pontchartrain Park was developed after World War II. It was one of the first suburban-style subdivisions developed by and for middle class African Americans during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation in Louisiana. It has been home to such prominent New Orleanians as mayors Dutch Morial and Marc Morial and district attorney Eddie Jordan; as well as nationally known figures such as Lisa P. Jackson, EPA Administrator under President Barack Obama, actor Wendell Pierce, and jazz musician Terrence Blanchard.

    In the 1970s, urban renewal projects were undertaken with funding from the federal New Town Program. Pontchartrain Park flooded badly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, taking on water first from the overtopping of a section of floodwall of the Industrial Canal caused by storm surge channeled into the city from the MRGO Canal, then from major breaches sustained by floodwalls along the London Avenue Canal.

    Notable residents

  • Terrence Blanchard
  • Lisa P. Jackson
  • Eddie Jordan
  • Rev. Lawrence E. Landrum
  • Dutch Morial
  • Marc Morial
  • Wendell Pierce
  • Darryl Willis
  • References

    Pontchartrain Park, New Orleans Wikipedia

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