St. Claude Main Street (SCMS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes and supports an economically thriving and culturally rich crossroads of historic communities in New Orleans including the neighborhoods of St. Roch, Bunny Friend, St. Claude, Bywater, and the Faubourg Marigny. SCMS works within the larger St. Claude Cultural District, with specific focus on the development of St. Claude Avenue from Elysian Fields to Poland Ave.
In support of the burgeoning arts and cultural community on and surrounding the St. Claude commercial corridor, St. Claude Main Street (SCMS) applied for and received a major grant from ArtPlace, a national foundation whose mission is to support “creative place making” initiatives that increase community vibrancy.
Over the spring and summer of 2013, the Tulane City Center and SCMS partnered to gather community input about the desired uses and ideas for the space. The team then used that community input to design a pocket park at the corner of St. Claude and Independence that could double as a space for the monthly SCMS night market.
The pocket park is located along a major commercial corridor in the city and is one of several projects SCMS has initiated to improve the streetscape. The park includes spaces for relaxing, gathering, gardening, and playing horseshoes and defines these through a series of low decks and earthen mounds. The park also includes infrastructure for the night market and is flexible enough to accommodate other activities.