Situated at Esplanade Avenue and Mystery Street, this tiny sliver of a park was named for philanthropist Alcee Fortier, who owned much of the surrounding area in the late 19th century and founded a public school. A neighborhood favorite, the park is almost completely maintained by the efforts of local volunteers who tend the lush landscaping, which includes palms, caladiums, and azaleas, keep up the collection of whimsical sculptures and art, and make sure the concrete
tables with chess boards built into them are ready for game time (complete with baskets of chess pieces). It's a focal point of the Bayou St. John neighborhood, surrounded by a concentration of hip restaurants and neighborhood grocers.
Esplanade Ave. and Mystery St., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119, USA