St. Bernard State Park
|St. Bernard State Park|
Park entrance at Poydras, Louisiana
|Location||St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, USA|
|Nearest city||Braithwaite or Poydras|
|Area||358 acres (1.45 km2; 0.559 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Louisiana Office of State Parks|
St. Bernard State Park is a state park located in the American state of Louisiana, on a tract of land in St. Bernard Parish, between the towns of Poydras and Caernarvon. Though located only approximately eighteen miles southeast of New Orleans, attendance had been fledgling at the park for years, ranking among the least visited in the state.
The St. Bernard State Park was created in 1971 when the land that the park sits on was donated to the state by local businessman and former State Senator Lynn Dean and his wife Jackie. The park operated for 34 years as the only state park in the St. Bernard/Plaquemines Parish area until it was severely damaged by storm surge from the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina. The park (along with Fort Pike State Historic Site) remained closed for more than a year due to the severe damage.
Prior to the landing of Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard State Park included the following facilities as compared to that which is available at certain other Louisiana state parks:
|Boating||Cabins||Dump Stations||Group Tents||Improved Campsites||Lodges||Picnic Areas||Playgrounds||Restrooms||Swimming||Tent Campsites||Trails||Unimproved Campsites|
|No||No||Yes||No||Yes; 51||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes; pool||Yes||Yes; nature trail||No|
St. Bernard State Park suffered extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The park was re-opened with a ceremony Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 4 p.m. with ceremonies by then Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, local dignitaries, local choirs, followed by hayride tours of the site, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.
- "St. Bernard State Park - Louisiana Office of State Parks". Retrieved 14 February 2011.
- Sternberg, Mary Ann. The Pelican Guide to Louisiana (2 ed.). Pelican Publishing Company Inc. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-88289-901-5.
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- List of facilities available at Louisiana state parks
- The webpage of St. Bernard State Park from the Louisiana Office of State Parks
- AAA article including section on damage sustained by Louisiana state parks