Audubon Park

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De­signed by land­scape ar­chi­tect John Charles Olm­sted (whose famed fa­ther is cred­ited with cre­at­ing Cen­tral and Golden Gate parks), pic­turesque Audubon Park (p. 46) has an­chored Up­town since the 1880s. Bor­dered by the Mis­sis­sippi River and St. Charles Av­enue and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by street­car, the 350-acre ur­ban re­treat is pop­u­lar among stu­dents at neigh­bor­ing Tu­lane and Loyola uni­ver­si­ties as well as fit­ness en­thu­si­asts, with its 1.8 miles of walk­ing/jog­ging/bik­ing paths and ten­nis/golf/ horse-rid­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Named for nat­u­ral­ist John James Audubon, who spent time in the city while work­ing on his il­lus­trated opus “Birds of Amer­ica,” the park also at­tracts bird­watch­ers with one of the re­gion’s most ac­tive rook­eries.

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