Fond Memories of City Park

Morano Sisters at the Peristyle, 1912

Morano Sisters at the Peristyle, 1912

We like to think everyone who has spent time in New Orleans City Park has fond memories. Recently NOLA.com asked for the public’s memories to be submitted to their website.

Here are seven of their favorites (edited):
‪Lisa Fuxan Mizell:
"Momma and daddy met on [the Langles] bridge on September 4, 1943. Momma passed away peacefully on September 4, 2012. Their relationship was 69 years to the day. They had a beautiful marriage."

Philip Beech at the Peristyle, 1975

Philip Beech at the Peristyle, 1975

Donovan: “I still recall the sounds of all those rides (the Carousel calliope), buildings (screen doors slamming at the Casino), and playground activities (heavy see-saws hitting the ground) in detail, sort of an aural nostalgia that triggers a visual picture in my mind like old songs on the radio. I guess you could say I sometimes hear the past.‪”

Dotty Logan: "When I was little, City Park was my playground. My mom would bring us to Storyland to see the big whale, Humpty Dumpty, the bunnies, Jack & the Beanstalk, the Carousel. I Lived on Esplanade and would bike there with friends. So many memories! As a teen my first concert was Dave Clark 5 and The Animals."

Dorothy, Stephen, & Michael Rouillier near the Peristyle, 1957

Dorothy, Stephen, & Michael Rouillier near the Peristyle, 1957

‪Christine Elaine Torok: "My 40th birthday ... a nighttime carriage ride through the park during Celebration in the Oaks with the man who is now my husband. The lights, the Spanish moss, the stars and moon over our heads. I will never ever forget it.‪"

Sandra Cholmato: "St. Maurice Elementary in the 9th ward always had the annual school picnic there. Long, long time ago in the 1950s."

‪Debbie Vidrine: "The nights and days on the Carousel horses with my mom will never leave my mind smile"
Selina Turner: "I went to Storyland as a toddler. [Then I] took my girls there and to the rides and to feed the ducks, paddle boats ... now I take my grandkids! So many great memories.‪"

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