New Orleans has earned a reputation for its booming festival season, and City Park is playing an increasing role in the city’s growing festival calendar. December 2012 marked the opening of New Orleans’ newest festival destination: the Festival Grounds, a 50-acre green space with sports fields, a bike path, acres of wetlands, an exercise area with hydraulic fitness equipment and more. Highlights of the grounds include five soccer fields and a one-mile, 18-foot-wide path for walking, biking and jogging. The Reunion Shelter, a covered, open-air structure, is powered by 65 solar panels.
For most of the year, the grounds are open to the public for recreational use. The Festival Grounds will be closed for ticketed guests during larger events, like the Voodoo Music Experience. This year the Festival Grounds will play host to The Louisiana Seafood Festival.
City Park CEO Bob Becker weighs in:
“ We are excited about a new festival which has chosen to move to City Park. The Louisiana Seafood Festival will be held at the Festival Grounds October 11-13. This is obviously our first time holding the event and we hope it will be a yearly occurrence. We are pleased with the reception the Festival Grounds is receiving and this year have already held the Color Run, Zombie Run, Hogs for the Cause, the SPCA’s NOLA on Tap and another twenty or so run/ walks for a variety of organizations” states Bob Becker.