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Posts from September 2013

Birding in City Park Rocks!

There is a reason that Birder's World Magazine has named City Park as the best birding spot in New Orleans. Whether you are a novice birder or have been birding for years, come and enjoy the feathered friends of the Park. Everyone enjoys feeding the geese & ducks, watching the graceful swans, and listening to the song-birds - but there are hundreds of types of birds either calling City Park home or passing through the neighborhood. This inside guide mentions some of them and lists them out so you can find them all - if you're lucky! Check it out here:

New fun at City Park! New Boats! New Bikes!

NEW PARK FUN! Look out! Fun ahead! There are new boats and bikes available for rent at the Park. Wheel Fun Rentals provides both our boats and bikes for rental from the City Park Boat House on Big Lake. Boats and bikes can be rented 7 days a week and the Summer Hours are April - November 9 am - 8 pm (weather permitting). A photo ID must be presented for the person renting the bike or boat. You must be 18 years of age to rent items. There is a discounted rate of 20% off for Friends of City Park members. New boats include double pedal boats or single kayaks. Boats are rented hourly. Take your kids out on a boat and turn some exercise into an educational experience seeing fish in the lagoons and birds resting in the trees. Glide past bridges built during the 1930s by the men and women of the WPA. Or explore City Park on wheels! Bikes and surreys are a huge hit with locals and tourists alike. City Park's four 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). Spend time with a friend on a tandem bike or have fun on a surrey bike with a canopy. City Park's got you covered! Check out this link for more info:

City Park’s Food Truckin’

Man, does Friends of City Park really know how to throw a great party! And the best part about it is that it raises money for City Park capital improvements…specifically a new food truck for the Park. Have you ever been in a remote part of the Park without food or beverage and thought, “Boy, I sure could use something to eat or drink!” Well, the Park hears you! The Park is purchasing a food truck and will name it 'Parker's Express' (named after the Park's mascot Parker the Raccoon). This great addition to the Park will be paid for in part with funds raised from this year’s Martini Madness. Martini Madness is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year on September 20, 2014, in the Park's Arbor Room at Popp Fountain from 7 to 11 pm. The event is going to be red hot! Over the years the event has grown in popularity and we want you and your friends there! With over 30 kinds of martinis and delectable bites served up by 20 New Orleans restaurants, Martini Madness is sure to please everyone. Get your tickets now: and we'll see you there!

The Hyams Fountain in City Park is a special part of the Park

Have you noticed the Hyams Fountain as you walked down Victory Drive or into the main entrance of Carousel Gardens? Like so many special pieces in the Park, this fountain has a story. New Orleans philanthropist, Sara Lavinia Hyams, died in 1914, bequeathing her jewelry collection, valued at $30,000, to be sold and the profits used to construct a fountain in both Audubon Park and New Orleans City Park, for the children of the city. The fountains--which are actually more like wading pools--were duly constructed and provided a place for young children to splash and cool off in the summer heat. City Park's fountain is just inside the gates of Carousel Gardens and is home to 'Victoria the Unicorn' at Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans City Park ( Hyams also left a sizable collection of paintings to the New Orleans Museum of Art. A short walk down Victory Drive from the fountain brings you to the back of the museum. Follow the round building to the front doors and enjoy! The fountain’s plaque reads, “Given to the little children of New Orleans,” with a second inscription reading, “By bequest Mrs. Chapman H. Hyams left her jewels to Audubon and City Parks, the proceeds of which were to build a testimonial of her love for her home city. This fountain was erected March 1921 in a faithful endeavor to realize her wishes. She loved the beautiful and gave that all might enjoy.” Recently through a patron responding to a Facebook request for photos to add to our archives the Park acquired a copy of a photo from 1921/22 of what we were later able to deduce was the Hyams Fountain. (see photo of small child sitting on the back portion of the fountain.) This photo is now our oldest photo of the fountain. We were thrilled get the photo as well as be able to use clues in the photo to show that it was indeed The Hyams Fountain.

Did you know?

Did you know that City Park is a preferred location for movie and TV production shoots? In the year end June 30, 2013 , nine major movies and eight TV shows had major productions in the Park. In addition five commercials for national brands and four commercials for local brands were also shot in the Park. They not only showcase the Park and City but also generate revenue for the Park through location fees. Want to know more about what movies and commercials were filmed in the past in the Park? Check out: -Bob Becker CEO New Orleans City Park