Volunteering – even in the rain!

New Orleans City Park is so blessed to have so many wonderful volunteers! But a great urban Park doesn’t run itself. Our volunteers are essential to the day-to-day operation of City Park. When you volunteer your time as an individual or as part of a group, it is one of the most valuable contributions you can make to City Park, and you are building a better, stronger park for all of our visitors to enjoy.

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These are volunteers from Virginia Commonwealth University. They are in New Orleans volunteering for 4 days. Thanks so much!

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If you have bamboo in your yard, you know how it can grow quickly and wildly. This team from Florida State University tackled the bamboo that lines the back of the parking lot behind the Administration building. And they did their work in the rain! Thanks so much y’all!

Interested in volunteering? We have countless ways for you to get involved and help us grow! Check out our Volunteer page on our website!

A BIG thanks to ALL of our many volunteers!

800 years old and stlll lookin’ good!

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At approximately 800 years old the oldest tree in New Orleans City Park is the McDonogh Oak. Just think of all this tree has seen over time! 

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You can find the McDonogh Oak in the Park’s Old Grove. The Old Grove is home to many of the Park’s oldest trees. The tree has wooden ‘crutches’ holding up the long old branches. There is also a plaque near the bottom of the tree trunk.  The Park’s Old Grove is the strip of land between City Park Avenue and Bayou Metairie. The Old Grove is higher-ground than much of the Park and surrounding neighborhood due to Bayou Metairie overflowing and receding so often over time (leaving behind sediment that has accumulated). The Old Grove did not sit in water during Hurricane Katrina. This is why so many of these particular trees survived the flooding from hurricane Katrina. 

In 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, the Park lost more than 2,000 trees on its 1300 acres. The 5,000th tree since Hurricane Katrina was planted in New Orleans City Park on December 5, 2012.

 

“The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pelicans LOVE City Park!

You know we at City Park LOVE our Brown Pelicans!


Here’s a great video of a pelican re-learning to fly and you get to see him doing it! Have you seen pelicans flying around City Park?

You can visit the pelican below at City Putt in City Park! Come play mini golf today!

City Park’s newest attraction is a ball! City Putt is a 36-hole mini golf complex with two courses: the Louisiana Course highlights cultural themes and cities from around the state; the New Orleans Course showcases streets and iconic themes from around the city, with signs detailing the city’s historic sites at each hole. City Putt is 100 percent ADA accessible and located on Victory Drive across from the entrance to Carousel Gardens, Storyland and the Botanical Garden.

  • Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday: 10am to 10pm (last rental at 9pm)
    Monday: only open for corporate/private events
    Friday & Saturday: 10am to midnight (last rental at 11pm)

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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