Trees for Wildlife in City Park
On May 24, middle school students from KIPP Central City Academy joined City Park’s volunteer manager, Earl, in planting 500 bald cypress trees in the Park’s Couturie Forest. The trees were generously provided by the National Wildlife Federation’s Trees for Wildlife program.
Despite the ant hills and the warm weather, the student volunteers had a great time learning about the importance of trees while clearing ragweed and then planting the bare root bald cypress. As these trees grow taller, they will help increase the tree canopy of Couturie Forest and out-compete invasive species, like Giant Ragweed, that took over the Forest after Hurricane Katrina. The students also learned lots about how to take care of trees.
Thanks to the National Wildlife Federation and to KIPP Central Academy for making City Park a better park for people and wildlife!
Linzey Powers, Grants Manager
Hi! Geneva here. I wanted to share with you one of the great joys I have found in the Park. I have been an amateur photographer my whole life. I also feel like I have owned a camera, of some kind, my whole life. While in college I took photography classes and learned to process my own pictures. Let’s just say I love taking pictures and the Park is the perfect place to take pictures.
There are many good photography apps available but the most well-known is probably Instagram. Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. A distinctive feature is that it confines photos to a square shape, similar to Polaroid images, in contrast to the 16:9 aspect ratio now typically used by mobile device cameras. Due to some early issues concerning the rights of your photos it took me a while to become an ‘iger’ but now I love Instagram and most of the pictures in my account are taken in the park. I use an HTC One as my phone/camera and l love the quality of photos I am able to achieve.
I have even created a collage on my office door of my Instagram pictures from the Park. On Instagram, you can find me at @nevanicole or the Park at @neworleanscitypark.
The Park is currently hosting a photography contest. Employees can’t enter the contest, but you can! Click here for details, rules, and the necessary forms. The contest’s theme is The Spirit of City Park. With the Park looking so great this Spring, the staff can’t wait to see all the creative photo submissions.
Geneva Longlois-Marney, Major Gifts and Planned Giving Manager
Caught just moments ago!
City Park is great for fishing! There are many types of fish in our waterways and we encourage catch and release. Check out our Fishing Guide for more information. Grab your LA fishing licence and your gear and find a spot to fish along our 22 miles of shoreline. If you think you catch a record breaking fish, you’ll need to follow these guidelines to get the info to the Park.
Pictured: Tim Zissis holding the fish he caught today (4/17/14) in City Park. Tim is the current Bass Fish Record Holder in City Park with a 9.05 lb bass he caught in August of 2013.
Everyone remembers last year’s field of delicate orange flowers at the corner of Roosevelt Mall and Marconi. Great News -they’ll be back this year … times two!
We’re tilling the soil and planting the seeds! This second field of wildflowers will be just across Roosevelt Mall from the original field (which will be blooming soon, too!). The new field will have the added bonus of a walking path through the field so no flowers will get squashed underfoot by visitors.
Love the Park so much you love taking photos while here? We understand!
As the Park celebrates its 160th birthday this year, New Orleans City Park invites photographers to enter its 2014 Photo Contest! We are looking for striking images that capture The Spirit of City Park: natural beauty, recreational activities, architectural points of interest, as well as people enjoying and enriching the Park. Photos submitted must be taken between April 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014. Check out this link for more details, rules, and regulations.
NOLA Bike to Work Day was launched in 2012 to raise awareness about the benefits of biking and about regional developments that are making biking easier and safer for riders.
Some of our employees were able to participate:
Explore City Park on two OR four wheels!
City Park’s miles of bike paths take riders from Bayou St. John to Lake Pontchartrain. Plus there are trails around Big Lake (3/4 of a mile) and the Festival Grounds (1 mile) not to mention countless other places in the 1300 acres that is New Orleans City Park.
No bike? No problem. Bikes can be rented from the City Park Boat House on Big Lake. Take s troll with a friend on a tandum bike. Have fun on a surrey bike with a canopy. Check out our Boating and Biking page on our website for details and prices.
What’s in bloom in City Park, you ask?
So many flowers, flowers, and more flowers! Spring is here and I’m sure you join me in being excited about that! Everywhere you turn in City Park you’ll see and smell a variety of blossoms.
A great place to visit to see colorful flowers is the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Click this link to get a taste of what you could see in the month of April in the New Orleans Botanical Garden.
The Botanical Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm.
Admission is: Adults (over 12): $6; Children (5 to 12): $3; Children (under 5): Free
Azaleas in the Botanical Garden:
Daffodils in the Botanical Garden:
Bright pink flowers at the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn:
Yellow daffodils at Big Lake:
And soon the Louisiana Irises will begin to bloom!
Hope to see you soon around the Park enjoying the colors of spring in New Orleans City Park.