Stop here for a moment. Across the street is Mickey Markey Park; a destination for families and dog owners in the Bywater. It was renovated a few years ago. From a fenced-off mostly-dirt field catering to romping dogs, it was turned into what you see now: a sprawling green space for leashed dogs, soccer games, and lounging with a take-out pizza from Pizza Delicious. The burgeoning, post Hurricane Katrina child population also hosts a lot of birthday parties here with bouncy houses, summertime sprinklers and baby pools. And it's a spot for other, more unorthodox gatherings as well. This is the starting point for the annual naked bike ride, for instance. It's great for people-watching too. On weekends and nice-weather evenings, parents often gather with adult beverages while kids monkey around on the playground equipment.
Speaking of adult beverages, after lounging in the park for a bit, you might want to stop by Markey's Bar just down Royal Street to your left. I'll meet you there when you're ready. Or if you don't want to hang out in the park, you can head that way now and walk for one block.