Love when I make random stops alongside the road and learn a bit of history. That’s exactly what happened during my recent visit to my hometown of New Orleans, LA. In all my years living there, I have never realized how much the Kenner Heritage Park and surrounding areas played in history. Once home to numerous past community events, the park now looks barren and barely touched. I remember the Christmas festival that would take place each year, bringing people together to enjoy music, the holiday festivities and the opportunity to participate in a toy drive for less fortunate families.
Historic Fact: From 1708 to 1819, present day Kenner was known as Cannes Brûlées, also known as Burnt Canes.
Located between the shore of the Mississippi Rives and Kenner’s Rivertown, LaSalle’s Landing (named after Sieur de La Salle) pays tribute to the history of the city of Kenner. Many historic moments have occurred at LaSalle’s Landing, such as the World’s first heavy-weight bare knuckle championship on May 10, 1870. The Landing also served as a trade port for its early European inhabitants. Now remembered as a dilapidated boat launch extending to the Mississippi River. The flags of 10 different countries flew high signifying the countries that had once governed Louisiana. Now only a solo U.S. flag remains.
Visitors can make their way to the top of the levee and enjoy the beauty of the Mississippi River. Enjoying sights of the magnificent ships, tugboats and other vessels that navigate the river. On beautiful days, you can find people enjoying a nice walk or bike ride on the levee. In addition to enjoying the landing, visitors can enjoy the cultural and family attractions like the Kenner Planetarium, Rivertown Space Science Complex, and Rivertown Theater of Performing Arts. Just to name a few, all within a short walking distance from LaSalle’s Landing.