Last week, a child was bitten by an alligator at Lincoln Beach in New Orleans, a location that has been off-limits to the public for almost six decades.
The child, accompanied by family, visited the beach close to Lake Pontchartrain on Wednesday, August 30. Following the incident, medical personnel transported the child to the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. By Friday, September 1, the child’s status was updated to a trauma patient.
Lincoln Beach, spanning over 15 acres, dates back to the early 20th century. According to official New Orleans records, it once functioned as a popular recreational area but was shut in 1964. The combined effects of neglect and hurricane damage over the years have deteriorated its infrastructure, posing potential dangers to anyone who ventures there.
Despite its closure, evidence suggests trespassers have accessed the beach. An old tunnel leading to the beach is now flooded and home to wildlife, including alligators and venomous reptiles.
In light of this incident, on September 1, city officials issued a statement detailing the dangers of the beach and discussing plans to refurbish the area. A comprehensive safety review is necessary before any potential reopening. The public is strongly advised to avoid Lincoln Beach until further notice.