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Posts from November 2013

What’s open on Thanksgiving day in City Park?

Gobble then wobble over to play putt-putt in City Park! New Orleans City Park’s newest attraction, City Putt, will be open on Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013. The links will be open for play from 10am till 10pm (last rental at 9pm). Bring your friends and family, no matter their age, to play one or both of the miniature golf courses. One course has a Louisiana theme and features Louisiana cities at each of its 18 holes. The New Orleans themed course features popular street names from around the metro New Orleans area at each of the 18 holes. One course takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. Both courses are 100% handicapped accessible. Other City Park attractions open on Thanksgiving include: Boat and Bike rentals: open 9am till dusk Morning Call: open 24 hours City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center: open 7am till noon The North Course/Golf: open 6:30am till 4pm Reminder: Celebration in the Oaks opens the night after Thanksgiving, on November 29, 2013. The 2013-2014 season: November 29 - January 4 (Closed: 12/24 and 12/31) Sunday - Thursday: 6pm -10pm and Friday & Saturday: 6pm -11pm Please visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

City Park: recently awarded the “Great Places in Louisiana” award by AARP

City Park continues its award winning ways and was recently awarded the “Great Places in Louisiana” award by AARP. What a cool award!

Check out these photos of the presentation to AARP to show off the Park.

Those are some good lookin’ Mister Bingle wreaths!

Each year Garden Clubs from around the metro area decorate wreaths to be placed around Celebration in the Oaks. Every year there's a new theme but it always includes Mister Bingle. 

Who decorates all the Christmas trees at CITO?

Who decorates all the Christmas trees each year at Celebration in the Oaks?

Amanda the Swan has found a new home

Injured City Park swan has recovered

Amanda Erika finds a new home

Injured City Park swan has recovered

In February 2013 City Park black swan, named Amanda Erika, was badly injured while protecting her nest of 6 eggs. Her eggs were crushed by a depraved individual.

Mister Bingle arrives!

Every New Orleanian knows who Mister Bingle is, but do you know he spends at least 2 months of the year at New Orleans City Park's premier holiday event Celebration in the Oaks? He sure does! Since joining the Celebration in the Oaks family in 2005 Mister Bingle's been a huge part of the tradition and 2013 is no different. Mister Bingle arrived in style to the CITO warehouse.

We’re makin’ our lists and checkin’ them twice! Gettin’ everything ready!

We've been working hard at the Park getting everything ready for Celebration in the Oaks 2014! We know you're going to love the new exhibits and love seeing the traditional ones, too. Check out this video to see more and to see a sneak peek at one of the new installations called "Sea-Labration". 

You can be part of the Celebration in the Oaks magic early by attending the Preview Parties. The Preview Party for those 21 and up is on 11/22 and the Family Preview Party is 11/24. You can get more information including ticket pricing at
Celebration in the Oaks runs 11/29-1/4/14 (closed on 12/24 & 12/31).

This is the Allard Oak. Hello Allard Oak.

Allard Oak in New Orleans City Park

This is the Allard Oak in New Orleans City Park. According to the last survey done a few years ago its size is as follows: 22’8” circumference, 56’ height, 141’ crown spread. This oak is named for Louis Allard, Jr., the heir to the Allard Plantation. The land comprising the Allard Plantation had been under development soon after the founding of New Orleans in 1718. It was primarily a dairy farm with some production of corn and sugar cane. In 1829, Louis Allard, Jr. mortgaged the property to finance a crop and subsequently lost it in 1845 at a sheriff’s sale to John McDonogh. He remained on the plantation as overseer of cattle until his death in May 1847. City Park is currently on the site of the Allard Plantation. To visit this tree and its near by tree friends, you can walk through the Park's Old Grove. The Old Grove is where many of the Park's oldest trees live and is the strip of land between City Park Avenue & Bayou Metairie. Check out more City Park tree info here:

What’s Old Is New Again

This piece is from the 1930s and was used as a drinking fountain. Today it is refurbished as a new water-fountain in the New Orleans Botanical Garden's Shade Garden. It is newly installed and is near a swing where you can sit & relax listening to the soothing water. "This reclaimed drinking fountain was turned into the new fountain by landscape architect Robin Tanauan and placed in the garden on November 18, 2013. The money to create the fountain was donated by Sally Duplantier,"  Paul Soniat, Director of the New Orleans Botanical Garden, said recently. You can see this art piece and more during the upcoming Celebration in the Oaks event at New Orleans City Park. Along with Storyland and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, the Botanical Garden transforms into a magical place of wonder dripping in twinkling lights from 11/29 to 1/4/14. Celebration in the Oaks is only closed on 12/24 and 12/31. During Celebration in the Oaks, the Shade Garden, where this fountain will permanently live, is home to the 'Buggin' out' installation. You'll see bumble bees, ladybugs, flowers and more. Tickets are on sale now for Celebration in the Oaks at Hope to see you there.

Cacti and succulents at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park

The New Orleans Botanical Garden is a place of wonder. At every turn there is something new to look upon no matter the season. Near the middle of the Botanical Garden is a small greenhouse containing the Garden's collection of cacti and types in this vast collection.