“Fall”ing in love with the Park

“Fall”ing in love with the Park

My name is Geneva and I am your guest blogger today! I started working at the Park a month ago as the new Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer but have spent much of my last 12 years, in the city, enjoying all the Park has to offer. I have been pleasantly surprised, over the last month, at all the things I don’t know about the Park or never slowed long enough to notice.

Traditionally I am one of those people who laments the fact that New Orleans only has one season…I like to call it GREEN. Spending every day in the Park has opened my eyes to a whole new world and I am very happy to say that, while there is still a LOT of green in the Park this time of year, there are also yellows, reds, oranges and browns of all shades. Throughout the day, as the light changes, the colors often take my breath away as I go about my daily work. 

Some of the trees to look for are Crape myrtles, Ginkgo, Japanese maples, and Cypress trees. They can be found throughout the Park, on the golf course and in the Botanical Garden. For a quick walk through Fall take a stroll through the Botanical Garden or walk the Roosevelt Mall.

The trees that do change color are each unique and quite fascinating. Ginkgo, also spelled gingko and also known as the maidenhair tree, is a unique species of tree with no close living relatives. The ginkgo is a living fossil, recognizably similar to fossils dating back 270 million years.

Here is a poem about Fall and its beautiful changing colors. I hope to see you wandering the Park soon, ‘Fall’ ing in love with it again!






A Crown of Autumn Leaves


For Mabon (fall equinox), Sept. 21

Our voices press

from us

and twine

around the year’s

fermenting wine

Yellow fall roars

Over the ground.

Loud, in the leafy sun that pours

Liquid through doors,

Yellow, the leaves twist down

as the winding

of the vine

pulls our curling


Glowing in wind and change,

The orange leaf tells

How one more season will alter and range,

Working the strange

Colors of clamor and bells

In the winding

of the vine

our voices press out

from us

to twine

When autumn gathers, the tree

That the leaves sang

Reddens dark slowly, then, suddenly free,

Turns like a key,

Opening air where they hang

and the winding

of the vine

makes our voices

turn and wind

with the year’s

fermented wine

One of the hanging leaves,

Deeply maroon,

Tightens its final hold, receives,

Finally weaves

Through, and is covered soon

in the winding

of the vine—

Holding past summer’s hold,

Open and strong,

One of the leaves in the crown is gold,

Set in the cold

Where the old seasons belong.

Here is my crown

Of winding vine,

Of leaves that dropped,

That fingers twined,

another crown

to yield and shine

with a year’s

fermented wine.


Geneva Longlois-Marney

Major Gifts and Planned Giving





City Park’s Carousel is a Treasure

This photo was taken in the wee hours of early morning at the Carousel in City Park…all the animals were waking up!


Built in 1906, the Carousel is over 100 years old making it a true antique. There are fewer than 100 fully-wooden hand-carved Carousels in the country.


Locals call City Park’s Carousel animals the “Flying Horses”.  There are 54 carousel animals including a giraffe, a lion, and a camel. The horses have real horse hair tails. Each animal is unique and well loved by everyone who visits.


The Carousel is available for parties of all kinds! You can ride the Carousel when Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is open for business. Hours vary throughout the year. Currently, you can ride the Carousel and all the Amusement Park rides while at Celebration in the Oaks. Learn more at this link about how Friends of City Park is making the Carousel the center of Lark in the Park 2014


Five years ago it snowed in New Orleans!

There are many people ‘up north’ currently getting snow but we here in New Orleans see snow only on rare occations. The last time it snowed in New Orleans was December 2008 and we will always remember fondly…the Park’s oaks draped in white…the Celebration in the Oaks Santa Gator covered in snow…the 3 foot snowmen we were able to make! 





Want to see more photos of the Park in snow? Check out this gallery.

If you’d like to have your snow in City Park photos added to our archives, please email them to Amanda at AFrentz@nocp.org. 

Bring the kids! From 1 to 92! #CITO2013

Celebration in the Oaks is off to a great start!

What? You have yet to visit? Get out here!

There’s dinosaurs, butterflies, leprechauns, and a lochness monster in Bayou Metairie! Plus fun amusement rides including the mini train and historic Carousel.
You won’t want want to miss out – and you don’t have to! Running each night from now till 1/4/14 (closed 12/24 & 12/31) – get your tickets online and join in with all the fun!


  • The 2013-2014 season:
    November 29 – January 4
    Closed: 12/24 and 12/31
    Sunday – Thursday : 6pm -10pm
    Friday & Saturday: 6pm -11pm
  • Tickets: $8/person
  • -Children under 3 and Friends of City Park: Free
  • Train Ride: $4
  • -Amusement Park Rides: $3/single ride ticket (excludes train)
  • -$17/unlimited ride band (includes train) – buy at CITO

City Park Decorates Their Tree with Handmade Ornaments

Last month, New Orleans City Park wrote a blog article explaining who decorates the Christmas trees each year at Celebration in the Oaks. You can read that piece here – and we’re letting you know – there are some real stellar trees this year at Celebration in the Oaks. We’re very impressed!

Each year, after groups pick up their ornaments from the trees when Celebration in the Oaks is completed, a few ornaments are typically left behind. City Park has made a habit out of rescuing these ornaments and using them the following year on their tree in the lobby of the Administration building. 

When you’re in the Administration building between now and the end of December we invite you to take a look at the tree and its special ornaments. 

Here is a preview of some of the ornaments on the tree. 





And every great tree needs a great tree topper! A big bow!


And here’s the tree! 


You can visit Celebration in the Oaks nightly through January 4, 2014 (closed 12/24 & 12/31). 

What at City Park are you thankful for at this moment? #GivingTuesday

“Rest and be thankful.” ― William Wordsworth

What at City Park are you thankful for at this moment?

It’s #GivingTuesday and we’re encouraging you to give to the Park you love!

A reason to give: City Park’s THE place to make unforgettable memories. What are some of your favorites?

Donate here

We have a day for giving thanks. And two days for getting deals. But now there’s a day for giving back: #GivingTuesday.  A day when we come together to give something more.  A day for supporting your favorite non-profit. 

This #GivingTuesday, consider making a donation to City Park in honor of a friend or family member.  Or perhaps sponsoring a tree would be the perfect gift for a loved one.  Sign up to volunteer!  Or include the Park in your will.  There are so many ways to give back to YOUR City Park and the New Orleans community. 

Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.  Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday. Be a part of this national celebration of generosity!


For more information on how YOU can be a part of #GivingTuesday:

To sponsor a tree, contact the Development Associate, Jo-Ann at (504) 483-9382 or jbird@nocp.org.

To volunteer, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Earl at (504) 300-6394 or esires@nocp.org.

To include City Park in your will, contact the Major Gifts Officer, Geneva at (504) 483-9407 or gmarney@nocp.org.