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Merit Award from the AIA Gulf States Region

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The LOOP Pavilion, designed and fabricated by City Center, has won a Merit Award from the AIA Gulf States Region 2016 Honor Awards for exemplary design.

A City Center design/build studio worked with community partner LOOP [Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program] to design and construct a shade pavilion on Scout Island in City Park. LOOP engages urban students in outdoor education programs through adventure-based activities on their challenge course in City Park.

City Park and the staff of LOOP reached out to the TCC when they recognized a need for program expansion and support. Their site was difficult to access and far from any seating, storage or shaded gathering spaces. After engaging LOOP staff to assess needs, students designed a shade pavilion that incorporates storage and seating into a large shade structure used for gathering before and after challenge course activities. The design is inspired by the tree canopy surrounding the challenge course. It uses blank aluminum traffic signs as a modular, exterior grade unit to create an abstracted, high-performing canopy overhead. In keeping with the context of the adjacent ropes course structure, the canopy is suspended with steel cable from a larger steel structure in a way that creates an undulating complex curve. The seating is built into an earth berm created by reusing railroad ties from the St. Charles Ave. streetcar line. The studio partnered with TSA’s Milhaus CNC lab to design and fabricate the joints that hold the aluminum canopy together.

The pavilion allows LOOP to provide better, safer programs for the students with whom they work and allow revenue generating options by attracting professional groups to use the course. In 2014, LOOP won a Merit Award in Divine Detail from the AIA New Orleans.

Location

Scout Island, City Park

Project Leads

Emilie Taylor, Sam Richards

Project Team

Dan Ackerley, Madison Baker, Casey Bemis, Michelle Carroll, Rachel Conques, Jose Cotto, John Coyle, Maggie Easley, Ellen Hearle, Emma Jasinki, Kate Luxner, Sarah Satterlee, Meredith Zelenka

Partnering Organization

LOOP, New Orleans City Park

Special Thanks

Dash Lumber, Tulane School of Architecture’s Milhaus, Regional Transit Authority, Walter Zehner

Awards

AIA New Orleans, Award of Merit 2014, Divine Detail
AIA Gulf States, Award of Merit 2016, Architecture

Park and Putt Promotion

WHAT: City Park is proud to announce the parking lot next to the First NBC sponsored City Putt is complete and ready for patrons’ cars! The former site of tennis courts, the parking lot will hold 64 cars. New plaza areas have also been built between the entrance to City Putt and the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn.

We want to thank the visitors who have patiently allowed construction to continue. We are so thrilled to have the parking lot, plazas, and sidewalks completed, we’re offering a Park and Putt promotion. For the Father’s Day weekend, June 17th through 19th, tickets for City Putt will be BOGO (buy one, get one free). Each day of the promotion, players who get a hole-in-one at either of the courses, will have their name placed in a hopper to win a $100 cash gift card (10 winners) or tickets to City Park Attractions (ten winners). City Putt will also offer free popcorn for our guests playing mini golf.
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.
New Orleans City Park wants to send a special shout-out of thanks to First NBC for being City Putt's title sponsor. The City Park family is so grateful to have First NBC on board!
Looking for a unique location for a birthday party or special event? City Putt is the only mini golf complex in New Orleans! City Putt’s Clubhouse has two party rooms available to rent and birthday/event packages available. For more information or to book a room for a birthday party, call (504) 483-9458.

WHEN: June 17th and 18th from 10 am to midnight (last rental at 11pm)
June 19th from 10 am to 10pm (last rental at 9pm) 

WHERE: City Putt: 8 Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119

EVENT PRICE: Buy one round; get one round free:
1 Course Play Ages 13+ $8
1 Course Play Children (4-12) $6
2nd round in same visit $4
Children (0-3) Free

REGULAR HOURS:  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)

ABOUT CITY PARK:
City Park: is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational activities, attractions for children, and its natural beauty. City Park has a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must visit for visitors to the city. As a popular place to picnic, play a favorite sport, wander through its gardens or take a boat ride- the Park receives millions of visitors each year. It is located in the heart of the city and is the largest recreation area for the entire metropolitan area. Attractions include: City Putt, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland fairytale playground, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and numerous athletic venues. The 1,300 acres of parkland provide enjoyment for young children playing on our playgrounds and walkers, joggers, and bicyclists winding through the Park's streets and trails.
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We LOVE our Volunteers!

We LOVE our volunteers! 

 

Today the International School of Louisiana worked on phase 3 of the NEW Butterfly Garden. 

New Trees in the Park

80 New Crepe Myrtles Planted in City Park

New Orleans (May 16, 2016)

Wisner Boulevard between Robert E. Lee and Harrison is not the most heavily trafficked section of the Park these days since the Wisner I-610 Overpass has been removed.  If you do travel down Wisner, however, you’ll notice that large crepe myrtles were planted in the neutral ground this week.

In all 80 trees were planted. The trees were installed by Charvet’s Garden Center and are from LaFleur’s Nursery in Washington, Louisiana. The trees cost $39,600.00. In a group effort, funding for this project was provided by the Department of Parks and Parkways Plant a Tree Trust Fund and New Orleans City Park.

To prepare for the planting, the Department of Parks and Parkways removed 24 diseased or damaged crepe myrtle trees on the site and ground each stump location plus ten additional former tree locations. The new trees are located in the Wisner neutral ground between the new interstate 610 overpass currently under construction and Robert E. Lee Boulevard.

Why Wisner you may ask? Wisner has seen significant increased traffic – pedestrian, cyclist, and vehicular – over the past decade and is a compelling portion of the Bayou Saint John and New Orleans City Park experience. The Department of Public Works will be adding a bike lane and pedestrian walkway to the new Wisner overpass. This will greatly increase opportunities for exploration along this corridor. In addition, this project supports the ongoing management of the City’s urban forest priorities.

Big and beautiful, the new trees will hopefully put on a colorful pink show later this year.

About City Park:
City Park: is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational activities, attractions for children, and its natural beauty. City Park has a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must visit for visitors to the city. As a popular place to picnic, play a favorite sport, wander through its gardens or take a boat ride- the park receives millions of visitors each year. It is located in the heart of the city and is the largest recreation area for the entire metropolitan area. Attractions include: City Putt, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland fairytale playground, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and numerous athletic venues. The 1,300 acres of parkland provide enjoyment for young children playing on our playgrounds and walkers, joggers, and bicyclists winding through the park's streets and trails.
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48 Hours of Birding (and Other Things): New Orleans

City Park. Photo: Rebecca Ratliff/Dreamstime

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Laid-back birding in this urban gem gives "The Big Easy" a new meaning.
   

By Karl Mechem
April 01, 2016
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New Orleans is known for a lot of things—great food, mild debauchery, streetcars named “Desire”—but it has yet to land on the map of major birding destinations.

That’s a big mistake. The Gulf Coast city lies in a perfect spot for nearly year-round birding. In winter it provides safe harbor for songbirds that have fled northern climes. Open bodies of water, such as those in Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, host huge populations of wintering waterfowl. And in spring, neotropical beauties like warblers and orioles drop into the region, exhausted from their journey across the Gulf. Like tourists in the French Quarter, the birds greedily consume all the local fare they can find. Even a rookie birder can rack up a huge list, despite the city’s savory distractions. Spring in New Orleans does not disappoint—the birds are as accommodating as the crawfish and oysters are fresh. (A note on Mardi Gras: It usually happens in February, which is also a great time for birding. Most of the habitats remain unscathed during the festivities.)

Day 1

Beignets Before Birding; 8 a.m.

The classic, must-have breakfast in New Orleans is beignets and café au lait at Cafe du Monde in Jackson Square. But the beignets are as good or better at a place in City Park, which is also a great birding spot. The Morning Call Coffee Stand is a 140-year-old, sit-down cafe where there are no lines and where beignets and coffee cost you less than five dollars.

Cross the street and enter the New Orleans Museum of Art’s lovely sculpture garden, where birds basking in the tall trees and lush ponds will likely distract you from the art. Contine walking around the museum and find the Big Lake, a good place to check for herons, Anhingas, and White Ibises.

In the center of the park—north of Harrison Avenue and west of the traffic circle—is a woodlot called Couturie Forest. Known locally as a great migrant trap, these trees host warblers and other songbirds that have just traveled over the Gulf. Magnolia and Bay-breasted Warblers, along with many of their neotropical cousins, focus on gorging, while largely ignoring their human stalkers. Here’s your chance to get close and study up: learn your markings—say, your supercilium (eyebrow) from your auriculars (cheek)—and your different feather types.

Bridal Open House in New Orleans City Park

WHAT: More than 160 years in the making, New Orleans City Park invites discerning soon-to-be brides and grooms to a Bridal Open House.

Bridal parties will tour the Pavilion of the Two Sisters, The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, and the Parkview Terrace. You’ll have an opportunity to meet the staff who will work with you to plan your dream wedding in City Park. You’ll hear about the catering and bar options available with a City Park wedding.

• Bring your cameras, your family, and friends.
• Enter a free raffle while you’re at the event.
• There is no cost to attend this open house.
• This event will take place rain or shine.
• For more information please call 504-488-2896.

WHEN: Sunday, June 5, 2016 – 1 pm to 3 pm
 
WHERE: Throughout New Orleans City Park: the Pavilion of the Two Sisters, the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, and the Parkview Terrace (above Morning Call). You may start the open house at any of the three venues.

June Under the Moon

WHAT: No one will want to miss this event. The June Under the Moon party will be a blast. Tell all your friends to meet you at Carousel Gardens Amusement Park in New Orleans City Park for all the rides you can handle for one low price. Oh, and your beer's included in the price! You’ll leave with prizes and give-a-ways, too. There will also be delicious food (some included in ticket price and some for purchase).
We’ll serve Tito’s Vodka Lemonade. Don’t forget to try the June Under the Moon vodka soaked gummy bears. Wine will be available for purchase.
Beer: Budweiser, Modelo, Shock Top, Parker's Amber Ale by Tin Roof Brewing Co., Michelob Ultra.
We’ll be turning the Carousel and Bumper Car rides into a disco with black lights and music.
Rides! Rides! Rides! Ladybug Roller Coaster - it's BACK and we KNOW you want to ride it!
Plus: Wacky Shack, Miniature Train, Carousel, Tilt-a-Whirl, Musik Express, Bumper Cars, Slime Buckets, Coney Tower, Scrambler, and the Ferris wheel.

A few things to remember:
-Purchase tickets online at NewOrleansCityPark.com.  We expect this event to sell out before the event date. Remember to print your ticket at home and bring it with you. We will be scanning tickets at the entrance gate.
-You must be 21 years old or older to attend this event. We will be checking IDs. No children are allowed at the event.
- Be social! Please! Use #iheartcitypark and #JuneMoon
- Wear your Amusement Park best…AKA Dress casual y’all!


WHEN: Friday, June 3, 2016
TIME: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
WHERE: Carousel Gardens Amusement Park: Enter on Victory Avenue
PRICE: $30/person Click here to purchase

ABOUT CITY PARK:
City Park: is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational activities, attractions for children, and its natural beauty. City Park has a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must visit for visitors to the city. As a popular place to picnic, play a favorite sport, wander through its gardens or take a boat ride- the park receives millions of visitors each year. It is located in the heart of the city and is the largest recreation area for the entire metropolitan area. Attractions include: City Putt, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland fairytale playground, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and numerous athletic venues. The 1,300 acres of parkland provide enjoyment for young children playing on our playgrounds and walkers, joggers, and bicyclists winding through the park's streets and trails.
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