The Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), wanted to do something that would show support for the redevelopment of the city of New Orleans. So Frank Piccolo, president of Artcrete, Natchitoches, La., met with Keith Bleichner, chief landscape architect for the Department of Parks and Parkways, New Orleans, and Steve Mathies, vice president of CH2M HILL, to devise a plan. They decided on a small triangular park site located on the west end of the convention center and one block north on Tchoupitoulas Street, a part of the city highest above sea level where the city plans to encourage development. The installed work provides for the inclusion of a statue, and the park is being considered as a possible memorial following Hurricane Katrina.
On the 15th and 16th of February, 20 contractors and manufacturers of decorative products came together, put on their work clothes, and formed, fine graded, compacted, and placed 32 cubic yards of decorative concrete. In addition many companies donated materials, including concrete, to the project. Companies supporting the event included Artcrete, Brickform Products, Butterfield Color, CSolutions, Davis Color, Engelman Construction, Fritz-Pak, Greystone Masonry, Hanley Wood, Lafarge, Lloyd Concrete Services, Percy Concrete Design, Performance Lubricants, and Specialty Concrete Products.
Volunteers who joined in the fellowship of placing and finishing concrete included Frank Piccolo, Ed Breedlove, Earl Herbert, Clark Branum, Joe and Jerry Garceau, James Orgeron, Jim Engelman, Jose Ramon Urrea, Martin Campos, Luis Antonio Amezquita, Dan Dittmann, Royer Lizarraga, Joe Nasvik, Mike Cooper, William Hansen, William Lloyd, Kevin Percy, and Bev Garnant
There was a formal dedication ceremony on March 18th. The DCC Decorative Concrete Expo started on March 16th.