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Posts from March 2020

Spring Walk in City Park by Catherine Abel

Walking in City Park is one of my favorite activities. Whatever the season there’s always breathtaking sights and new discoveries. One of my favorite times to stroll through the park is in the Spring especially before the humidity comes rolling in covering the city in a blanket of constant, almost smothering heat. The transformation that takes place as Winter dissolves away is refreshing and almost shocking.

The oak trees in the Park are majestic. A signature feature of the Park, they stand out in all seasons but the spring is when they’re truly breathtaking, literally and figuratively depending on your allergies. In the spring the tree branches transform from nearly bare to exploding with small bright green leaves. It seems to happen all at once. One day, there is nothing noticeable about them, other than size, and then the next there are bits of bordering neon leaflets breaking through the brown gray that once covered the limbs. The trees not only brighten things up with their leaves, they also help break the winter blues with the songs of birds that find shelter in them. There are many days when the air is full of the songs of birds that are hopping from limb to limb in the trees and dancing along the ground. 
The trees aren’t the only thing that changes from winter to spring. The grass in the Park becomes like a plush carpet, begging bare feet to come and take a stroll and enjoy the warm sunlight on the lively blades. Flowers blooms help break up the shades of green that cover the Park. The tulips that pop up beside Big Lake provide a welcome breath of freshness to the eyes. Their colors are a sure sign that the seasons are changing. Though their time in bloom is brief, these flowers provide an opportunity to appreciate the change in seasons. Another welcomed and popular sight in the spring, are the fields of wildflowers. Their bright colors serve as a fantastic photo opportunity, just please remember to stay on the designated path so you don’t crush the flowers and everyone can enjoy them. This spring feature is my favorite place to walk. Strolling through these vibrant blooms always makes me slow down and take deep breaths. Stopping to smell the roses is important but taking a stroll through the wildflowers is just as important.
Everything brightens in the spring and the Park is no exception. Though it is a source of beautiful natural sights throughout the year, I believe no one can deny how special City Park is in Spring. So please, take a moment to walk and soak in the sights of Spring in New Orleans City Park.

-Written by Catherine Abel

cabel@nocp.org

Earth Hour

It's almost April, and in April City Park usually celebrates Earth Day! We all know this year's a little different. Though we are all apart right now we can still do something together in honor of the earth. This Saturday, March 28, 2020, join others from around the world for "Earth Hour" by turning out your lights for an hour from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.

Check out this link for more information.

Help Place the Spotlight on Nature - The World is Watching
Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories. It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people.
See the Earth Hour 2020 official video here

Learn more here
 

-Lindsay Kirsch

Environmental Program Manager

lkirsch@nocp.org

COVID-19 UPDATES: CITY PARK

Updates: 

Please visit this link for updates on City Park events and attractions. 

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New Orleans City Park statement on COVID-19:
As more cases of the coronavirus disease are being identified in the Greater New Orleans area, New Orleans City Park is closely following the CDC recommended actions regarding the coronavirus and are implementing those appropriate to our situation. We ask New Orleans City Park guests to follow the guidance of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends individual precautionary measures such as:
1. Stay home if you are sick. If you have flu- or cold-like symptoms, stay home to lower the chances of spreading the illness to others.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or face. Mucous membranes of the face-eyes, nose and mouth-are entry portals for many microbes, including coronavirus and the viruses that cause the common cold.
3. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your elbow. Throw used tissues away. Do not cough or sneeze directly into your hands, because you will spread the microbes from your hands to anything you touch.
4. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It is especially important to wash your hands before and after touching your eyes, nose or mouth, after using the bathroom and before eating.
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Use a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Frequently touched objects include keyboards, doorknobs and desks.

Friends of City Park event Lark in the Park rescheduled

Friends of City Park event Lark in the Park rescheduled from Friday, March 13th to June 2020

As more cases of the coronavirus disease are being identified in the Greater New Orleans area, Friends of City Park is rescheduling Lark in the Park, which will now be held in conjunction with our June event, Toast in the Oaks.

The Friends of City Park decision was made out of an abundance of caution as we take great pride in being good stewards to City Park and to our supporters. The Toast in the Oaks date and event details will be communicated in the coming week.

All Lark in the Park donors and ticket holders will be transferred to this event.

Thank you again for your support and proceeds raised through Lark in the Park will benefit new technology and enhancements for Celebration in the Oaks.

In a continued effort to support this cause, you may bid on our amazing auction items by visiting this link. We are extending the auction close out and it will end on Sunday, March 15 at 8PM.

New Orleans City Park is closely following the CDC recommended actions regarding the coronavirus and are implementing those appropriate to our situation. We ask New Orleans City Park guests to follow the guidance of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends individual precautionary measures such as:
1. Stay home if you are sick. If you have flu- or cold-like symptoms, stay home to lower the chances of spreading the illness to others.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or face. Mucous membranes of the face-eyes, nose and mouth-are entry portals for many microbes, including coronavirus and the viruses that cause the common cold.
3. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your elbow. Throw used tissues away. Do not cough or sneeze directly into your hands, because you will spread the microbes from your hands to anything you touch.
4. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It is especially important to wash your hands before and after touching your eyes, nose or mouth, after using the bathroom and before eating.
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Use a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Frequently touched objects include keyboards, doorknobs and desks.

About Friends of City Park: Established in 1979,  Friends of City Park  is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to maintain and increase the value and importance of City Park as a place of natural beauty, culture, and education for the public. Over the past 35 years, Friends of C ity Park has raised money to assist in new projects and refurbish many beloved Park attractions including the Historic Wooden Carousel, Botanical Garden, Peristyle, Storyland, and Popp Fountain. Friends of City Park sustains its efforts from its robust membership program that offers perks to Friends' members.
 

New Orleans (March 11, 2020)

New Orleans City Park Named One of the Top Reasons to Visit New Orleans in 2020

Storyland

New Orleans City Park Named One of the Top Reasons to Visit New Orleans in 2020
2020 marks the 170th anniversary for New Orleans City Park

This week Travel Pulse compiled the Top 10 Reasons to Visit New Orleans in 2020.  New Orleans City Park is proud to be named in the list. With its many attractions, events, and open green spaces, City Park’s 1300 acres is a dream destination for anyone year-round.

“It’s not difficult to convince clients to take a trip to New Orleans, a city with world-renowned restaurants, a vibrant music scene, major festivals and events (hello, Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest) and an atmosphere that’s truly unlike anywhere else in the world. But just in case your clients need that extra motivation, here are the top 10 reasons to plan a trip to New Orleans this year,” says Travel Pulse.

The website singled out: the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Café Du Monde, and the recently renovated Storyland. Travel Pulse say City Park is a ‘can’t miss’ for families both local and those traveling to the crescent city.

New Orleans City Park is in great company with other New Orleans gems such as kayaking in Bayou St. John, the new airport, and the 50th anniversary of Essence Festival. To visit the online post and see the other 9 points of interest for 2020, please visit this link: https://www.travelpulse.com/opinions/blog/top-10-reasons-to-visit-new-orleans-in-2020.html.

“We’re excited to be include on this elite list. The year 2020 is very special to City Park, as it marks our 170th anniversary. Last year was quite a year for the Park and thus 2020 is off to an amazing start. We invite everyone to visit and see this well-loved world class Park,” said Bob Becker, CEO for New Orleans City Park.

In its 170th year, City Park continues to push forward with thoughtful progress. Last year was a banner year for City Park. A 6 acre expansion of the New Orleans Museum of Art Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden was opened. Café Du Monde opened in City Park in July of 2019. In September, the Louisiana Children’s Museum opened its doors to the children of the nation. A new swing-ride joined the other 17 amusement rides in Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland was revitalized for the first time in 30 years. A large outdoor kitchen in the New Orleans Botanical Garden opened and The City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center received the national 2019 USTA Facility Award.

600 New Cast Iron Plants on Victory Avenue

We LOVE our volunteers! Check ou tthis group from Florida State!

The groups spent time this week planting over 600 cast iron plants around the oak trees on Victory Avenue near the Amusement Park. 

 The area around the oak trees is air spaded beforehand, a process in which compressed air is shot into the soil, breaking up heavily compacted dirt and allowing more oxygen to get to the root structure of trees.  Then, once the soil is broken up, we are able to plant the cast iron plants around the base of the tree to protect the root system of the tree. This also helps to discourage foot traffic around the large roots.  We also spread mulch and soil around the plants to help the plants retain more moisture and discourage weeds from growing.

City Park is always looking for volunteers. We couldn't keep the Park looking as great as it does without our wonderful volunteers. If you would like to volunteer or would like to learn more, please email Tyler Havens, Volunteer Manger, at thavens@nocp.org.