City Park had 2 Sneaux Days with no snow but lots of ice!
Photo by: City Parker Fissweed
Photo by: City Parker Todd
Photo by: City Parker Todd
And then came the sun!
Lily Pond and Conservatory Rose Beds with Undine: At the entrance to the Conservatory of the Two Sisters in the New Orleans Botanical Garden is the garden’s collection of aquatics. This pond holds a variety of tropical and hardy water … Continue reading
City Park is home to many animals including many squirrels! In honor of Squirrel Appreciation Day today (Jan. 21), here are 21 noteworthy squirrel facts: 1. There are more than 200 squirrel species worldwide, from tree squirrels and flying squirrels … Continue reading
It’s a bright beautiful day to be in City Park – we hope you’ll visit soon!
Test piles were installed last week in Couturie Forest for a new pedestrian foot bridge. The bridge will be installed later this year. GOOD Magazine has named New Orleans one of its Top 20 Cities of Possibility. Atlanta was the … Continue reading
Want to see Brown Pelicans? Come to City Park and there’s a good chance you’ll see one, or two, or more! Where have you seen birds living in City Park?
Big Lake 1/9/14
Where’s your favorite spot in the Park to relax and breath in some fresh air?
If our stately architecture and old trees could talk they may be the only ones who could remember the weather ever being this cold in the Park! Currently, t’s 26 degrees and sunny. And beautiful, of course. We hope you’ll … Continue reading
The Carousel ride is often called the ‘Flying Horses’ by New Orleans locals.
The Carousel is the oldest ride in the William B. Hines Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. It dates back to 1906 but some of the animal figures date back to 1885.
The Carousel was originally located on a track of land along City Park Avenue. The Carousel was moved to its current location in 1928, creating what would eventually be City Park’s Amusement Park.
The Carousel has had a few owners in its history including Harry Batt, Sr. Locals may remember Mr. Batt from another local landmark, Pontchartrain Beach. In the late 1980’s, William B. Hines loaned Friends of City Park $300,000 to purchase the Carousel from Harry Batt and an additional $50,000 to renovate the Carousel. (Eventually, Mr. Hines forgave all loans. The William B. Hines Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is named for him).
-The animals were carved and hand painted by Charles Looff and Charles Carmel.
-The Looff animal figures contain faux gem stones and are the older of the two types of animals (older than the Carmel animals).
-The animals are loved so much by visitors they need repainting every year to 2 years. They are still hand painted.
-The Carousel contains fifty-four animals. 53 are horses plus a lion, giraffe, and camel. There are also 2 chariots for a more stationary ride.
-The horses have real horse-hair tails.
-Thirty of the horses move up and down and are called ‘flyers’ (thus the Flying Horses nickname).
-The Carousel still uses the original motor.
-The circular platform on which the animals ‘ride’ is suspended off the ground by 40 metal rods.
-The lion weighs 500 lbs.
-A few movies have been shot in the Carousel. (To get the inside scoop on the latest movie to film in the Carousel, and to get details on how a horse was damaged, click on the link attached to the word Carousel).
-The Carousel is only one of 100 hand-carved carousels remaining in the United States and the only one in Louisiana.
All proceeds from Friends of City Park’s Lark in the Park 2014 will go towards the restoration of the Historic City Park Carousel.
We’re so lucky to have this treasure in New Orleans City Park.
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