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Lafreniere Park a 155-acre park located in central Metairie which features picturesque lagoons, seasonal boating, lots of ducks, several children’s play grounds, a classic carousel (featuring a tiger, a zebra, 30 moving horses, and two chariots), fine landscaping (including some manmade hills), a snack bar, baseball fields, covered shelters, a manmade swamp (complete with nutria), a Frisbee golf course, a two mile jogging path, and two outdoor recreational/exercise centers. The park is accessible by car from Veterans Boulevard at Downs Boulevard on the north and from a newer entrance on West Napoleon on the south.
Lafreniere Park is the largest park in Metairie and is one of the best recreational spots in Metairie. Good for a picnic or a game of softball. At the center of the park is the Pavilion, a natural wood structure designed as a multi-purpose outdoor center. The Pavilion and the Foundation Center (shown below) are used throughout the year for weddings, parties, Christmas caroling and much more. Each Christmas the park is lighted with seasonal lights and features various scheduled concerts and events. With its and landscaping and parking, the park is perfect for family recreation.