Parkview Neighborhood Association
|Neighborhood:||Bayou St. John|
|Type:||Neighborhood or civic association|
North Carrollton Avenue, Orleans Avenue and Bayou St. John
|Number of members:||150|
|Contact name:||Michael DesJardins, Chair|
Parkview Neighborhood Association, founded in 2002, was established to promote the beauty, architecture and well-being of Parkview neighborhood, as well as to protect the natural beauty of Bayou St. John. The association is dedicated to preserving the neighborhood’s excellent quality of life. Parkview is an historic neighborhood established in the 1920s and located near City Park and on the banks of Bayou St. John.
Quarterly Board and Membership Meetings
Sponsor of Night Out Against Crime
Support for NOFD Engine 35 Fire Station on N. Carrollton Ave
The term Parkview is new to many who live in Parkview, and in fact many have lived in Parkview their entire lives and never knew that the neighborhood had a name. Many would refer to the neighborhood as simply Mid-City, while others perhaps the City Park area or just Bayou St. John.
The name “Parkview Place” was coined by a woman from Eunice in 1922, when she won a contest to name the development. This development, of the old Southern Park site, was the key to opening the whole of the west bank of the Bayou to new housing. Prior to the 1920’s, while there were homes built on Roosevelt, Olga, Ida and Dumaine (near Carrollton), these streets were essentially cut off from the Bayou because of Southern Park, a recreational ground, and the Picheloup Tract, a large piece of land privately held by a prominent family, both of which dominated the landscape near the Bayou between Carrollton and what is now Harding Drive.
Parkview today is a small, roughly twelve block area, bounded by Carrollton Avenue, Orleans Avenue and Bayou St. John. In the context of neighborhoods, Parkview would be between Mid-City, Faubourg St. John and the City Park Triangle. Historic Parkview is actually a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, having been so designated in 1995. It is not, however, a local historic district and is not under the jurisdiction of the city’s Historic District Landmark Commission.
Like most developments of the 1920’s Parkview is primar- ily a residential neighborhood, with the few commercially zoned lots being situated at the edge and near a major intersection. Lar- ger apartment buildings, with four or more units, are located on Dumaine, the main street of the neighborhood. Aesthetics were definitely of concern to the developers, with utility lines often at rear servitudes behind the lots, and attractive streetlamps being in place of where utility poles would normally be situated. Parkview is also a development that considered the automobile, with most all homes having driveways and garages.