NOLA Bike To Work Day was FUN at City Park!

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:

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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. 

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I ask you…what’s in bloom in City Park?

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:

 

Azaleas in City Park

 

Daffodils in the Botanical Garden:

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Bright pink flowers at the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn:

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Yellow daffodils at Big Lake:

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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. 

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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