Get schooled on the new Little Red School House in Storyland

The construction on the new Little Red School House in City Park’s Storyland has begun! We’re so excited and we know you are, too!

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Sponsored by Entergy, this new Little Red School House replaces a smaller version seen below.

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Once construction is completed and you’re looking for the new addition, you won’t have to look to intently! To find the Little Red School House:

1. Enter Storyland (it’s only $4 per person! Or free with a Season Pass!)

2. Pass Captain Hook’s pirate ship

3. Cross over the bridge and walk behind the Storyland Castle

4. Keep walking past the Three Little Pigs and you’re there!

The Little Red School House is on the left! You can’t miss it! Right next to Old King Cole!

We’ll keep you updated on the construction progress though our Facebook page. Once construction is completed, this will be yet another birthday party venue for kids of all ages!  Storyland’s a GREAT place for birthday and corporate parties! Check out information on those parties here.

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Single crawfish lookin’ for his home

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Found today: a single live crawfish in City Park.

The little guy was found far from water in front of the Park’s Administration Building at 1 Palm Drive. How he got there – we have no clue!

Saved by the Botanical Garden’s Administrative Assistant and the Park’s Media Manager, this crawfish will go on to live another day in his City Park home. They moved him into a large puddle of water under some oak trees where he flipped over repeatedly in the water and buried into the ground. 

Live on crawfish!

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Searching for Mark Zuckerberg

Searching for Mark Zuckerberg

As the new Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer at City Park, I am searching for Mark Zuckerberg!

I’ve searched the stables, City Putt, the new Wacky Shack, and even the Greenhouse but he is nowhere to be found. Why would we like to find Mr. Zuckerberg you may ask, because he and his wife are very generous individuals and we want to share with them all the wonderful things we are doing here at City Park. So if you see them wandering around New Orleans this spring please bring them to City Park and show them your favorite part of the park (and give them my number!)

In December Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, and his wife Priscilla Chan donated $500 MILLION to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. This gift makes them the most generous American philanthropists in 2013 and comes after Zuckerberg pledged $100 million to Startup:Education in 2010 to improve Newark schools. Mr. Zuckerberg has committed to giving away half of his wealth as part of The Giving Pledge. The Giving Pledge, conceived by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, is overseen by the Gates Foundation. As of September, 92 of the world’s wealthiest individuals have made the commitment to give away at least half their fortunes while they are alive or after they die (link).

A widely-held perception is that corporations and foundations are the biggest sources to tap for grants and donations. The reality is that four out of five, or 79%, of philanthropic dollars are contributed by individuals and bequests. That rises to 88% if you include family foundation giving. Corporations and foundations are easier to target. Their contributions of 6% and 15%, respectively was 21 percent of the total philanthropic dollars in 2012. Individuals are more of a challenge to reach and solicit, but are by far the largest philanthropic resource. Fundraising strategies for parks must consider all sources and how best to connect park needs with all potential donor sources and their motivations for giving (link).

For these reasons, City Park has chosen to focus on Major Gifts and Planned Giving as an integral part of our development program. The Park wants to provide our donors with the support and attention they need in order to fulfill their wishes for the Park. Though we would love to find our own Mark Zuckerberg, the Park is supported by thousands of individual donors that together have a tremendous impact on the Park.

Without you, New Orleans would not have a world class park.

If you have questions concerning making a gift to City Park or planting your roots by placing the Park in your will please contact me at gmarney@nocp.org or call me at 504-483-9407.

Geneva Longlois-Marney

Major Gifts and Planned Giving

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The Clydesdales call City Park home during Carnival

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Each year the Police stables in New Orleans City Park is graced with the presence of the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. They are large, beautiful and graceful animals. Check out this small video of one of the horses trotting for the happy crowd.

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Anheuser-Busch owns a total of about 250 Clydesdales, kept at various locations throughout the United States, are one of the largest herds of Clydesdale horses in the world.The horses travel in style in their own trailers.

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Three “hitches” or teams tour each region of the country, Midwest, East Coast and West Coast, for most of the year. The Police stables in New Orleans City Park currently house the East Coast Hitch. This is their 49th year participating in Mardi Gras. They bring 10 horses and 8 horses march in the Carnival parades.

2014 parades they will march in: Krewe d’Etat, Endymion, Bacchus, Argus

During Carnival, if you are driving down Marconi near Harrison in the Park, you may see the horses exercising. Feel free to stop and watch – they are quite something! Sometimes their dog joins them in the play/exercise, too. If you take some good pictures please share them to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Fun Clydesdale facts here!

The Clydesdale  blog here!

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A *secret* bridge called Goldfish

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This stone bridge leading to Goldfish Island is called the Goldfish Bridge. It’s been a part of City Park since it was built in 1902.

Have you visited it?

This bridge is the only way (by land) to visit the tiny Goldfish Island. From the bridge or the large cement bench on the island, one can view the Peristyle in all her splendor. It’s also a great place to feed the ducks or fish in Bayou Metairie.

Want to know how to get to this ‘secret’ place? It can can be reached by walking through the Old Grove near Anseman Avenue. The Old Grove is the strip of land between Bayou Metairie and City Park Avenue. Many of the Park’s oldest trees live here.

In 2013, the bridge was sponsored by the McLoughlin Family and underwent some masonry work. 

Learn more about the architecture in the Park on the Park’s website: www.NewOrleansCityPark.com

Thanks to City Parker Trent for the great photo! 

Praline and Lad LOVE City Bark! Woof Woof!

It may not feel like it, but spring is right around the corner. I can tell you that all of these gray skies and chilly days are giving my dogs (and me) the blues. I’ve got the perfect solution!

If you’ve never been to the City Bark dog park in New Orleans City Park, I promise you that it will only take one visit before you and your canine family members are hooked. Located on the corner of Zachary Taylor and Diagonal Drive, City Bark boasts a beautifully landscaped play area with hills for running, a sandy area for rolling around in, and assorted “tubs” to lounge. There’s also a separate area for small dogs, in case the little dogs get a little overwhelmed! When your dogs are finished playing, there is a convenient wash area where you can get your dog cleaned up and ready for the ride home. For the humans, there are sheltered picnic tables, restrooms, and soda machines.

Lad is my little Sheltie mix. He’s all of 20 lbs and his nickname is ‘Rocket Lad’. He’s super-fast and City Bark is his favorite place in the world! When I tell him we’re going, I have to step back and wait a few minutes as he gets so excited. He absolutely quivers with excitement and jumps straight up and down in the air, twisting his body around like a circus dog, for about 30 seconds. When he can compose himself and can sit for 5 seconds, I put his leash on him. (One more step closer to the dog park.)

Praline is my 13 year old Yellow Lab. She is slow moving, but when she hears we’re going to City Bark, well, let me say that is the fastest she moves these days! Her massive tail whacks everything in its way; usually that’s Lad. (Two steps closer to the dog park.)

After piling into the car and pulling up to City Bark, Lad is shaking all over. He can hardly contain himself. The wait is over! As soon as we open the gates he is off and running, often with a pack of very large dogs three times his size running behind him. (They can’t ever catch him.) Praline stays within three feet of me, every now and then looking up at me as if to say, “Children.”

After an hour of socializing and play, they both like to cool off in one of the City Bark tubs. One quick towel-dry and we’re back headed for home, where they snooze the afternoon away.

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City Bark is a perfect way to get your dogs out to have some fun, meet new friends, and get a lot of exercise!

I hope you’ll come out and join the fun. An annual pass may be purchased at our Administration Building at 1 Palm Dr. For more information on the dog park, please visit www.NOLACityBark.org.

-Sue Barocco

Director of Recreational Services

sbarocco@nocp.org

Happy Valentine’s Day! We’ve got a LOVE for ART!

Happy Valentine’s Day! 
Got a LOVE for art? Between the art around the Park, the Botanical Garden, NOMA, and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden – City Park’s got you covered! 

You can see this beauty by artist Robert Indiana in the Sculpture Garden

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The Peristyle is over 100 years old and was specifically built for parties! Close your eyes, hear the music, and think of the fais do dos of past and present!

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The Singing Oak is a peaceful and romantic place! 

Living at Big Lake, near the intersection of Wisner and Lelong in the John S. McIlhenny Meadow, the piece is the work of artist Jim Hart. 
City Park’s “Singing Oak” tree is strung with a set of wind chimes that ring a pentatonic (five notes per octave) scale – proof positive that there’s always music in the air in New Orleans! One of the chimes in “Singing Oak” stretches 14-feet long.

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This piece is called, ‘Adam and Eve’. The artist is the great Enrique Alférez. Its current home is under the Alférez Oak in the Botanical Garden, is made of cast stone, and is on loan from Dr. Tlaloc Alférez.

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And of course the natural wonders of City Park that we certainly call art: the trees!

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There are many examples of wondrous art in the Park – and they’re waiting for you to find them! Check out our Art and Architecture section of the City Park website as a jumping off point. 

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

A little Tree History for you today…

Hello City Park friends!

I’m Linzey and I’ll be your guest blogger for the day.  I’ve worked at City Park for almost 6 years as the Grants Manager and if there’s one thing I’ve learned a lot about, it’s trees.  There are more than 20,000 trees at City Park and they range from the tiniest saplings planted last week to the immense live oaks standing tall for more than 800 years!

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Throughout its 1,300 acres, the Park features a wonderful variety of trees: beautifully flowering crepe myrtles, palms and palmettos, water oaks, laurel oaks, willow oaks, magnolias with their gorgeous blooms, American elms, water locust, loblolly pine, tupelo, bald cypress, and hackberry trees beloved by the birds.  The list goes on and on!  The oldest and most famous trees at City Park are, of course, the amazing live oaks.  Draped with Spanish moss and lined with resurrection fern, the Park’s live oaks set a romantic and mysterious mood on the Park grounds.

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The particular species of live oak that grows in City Park is Quercus virginiana, the southern live oak.  These magnificent trees provide a huge canopy of shade and shallow roots spreading to match the size of the canopy.  They thrive in sandy soils or clay, can withstand moderate floods and hurricanes, and are resistant to salt spray.  The wood is so heavy and strong, it was once used for ship building.

The Park’s oldest live oaks first sprouted around 1200 AD!  That’s the early 13th century when the Crusades sacked Constantinople and King John signed the Magna Carta.  It’s hard to imagine the passage of history since these tiny acorns developed into the towering trees of today.  So come and visit.  Pick a favorite tree.  Peer up into the canopy.  Experience the breath-taking beauty and the sense of wonder found among the spectacular trees of City Park.

-Linzey Powers

Grants Manager

LPowers@nocp.org