Nonprofit hopes to reopen Pontchartrain Beach for swimming
NEW ORLEANS - The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has pitched a plan to reopen the historic Pontchartrain Beach site as a public swimming area and nature preserve.
An Orleans Levee District committee gave its unanimous support of the plan Thursday and will recommend it to the full authority board for approval next week. The committee says it will ask the board to lease the area to the nonprofit at a nominal cost.
Located just north of the University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park, the site was the home of the Pontchartrain Beach amusement park for 44 years. It closed in 1983 because of dwindling crowds.
Access to the beach has been closed since two people drowned in the area in 2012.