Posts tagged with '2019'

Celebration in the Oaks 2019

With more than a million dazzling lights and breathtaking displays, Celebration in the Oaks in New Orleans City Park is an annual holiday tradition for families in the Crescent City and across the country. Friends and families can kick off the 33rd annual opening with an early glimpse of the stunning holiday displays at one of three Celebration in the Oaks preview parties. Tickets for all events are on sale now at CelebrationInTheOaks.com.<...

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New Orleans City Park Named One of the Best Urban Parks in America

This month Travel Trivia compiled The 6 Best Urban Parks in the U.S. New Orleans City Park is proud to be named one of six ‘best urban parks’. With its many attractions, events, and open green spaces, City Park’s 1300 acres is a dream destination for anyone year-round and is listed as number one on the list.

“Cities offer a number of perks, but access to great natural...

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Bob Becker, City Park CEO, Announces His Retirement in 2020

New Orleans City Park Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Robert W. Becker, 72, announced today he will be stepping down from his position upon the selection of his successor, which is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of next year.

Becker, who has served as the head of the Park for nearly two decades, recommended the planning process and the selection of the nationally recognized firm of Ralph Anderson & Associates. The...

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New Kitchen in the Garden

The New Orleans Botanical Garden unveils its Kitchen in the Garden during the 22nd annual Fall Garden Festival Oct. 5-6. The outdoor kitchen space will be used for classes, culinary demonstrations and special events highlighting garden produce and featuring visiting chefs and instructors.

“The main reason we built this was to increase our educational programming,” Botanical Garden director Paul Soniat says. “There’s so much emphasis now on...

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The New Orleans Museum of Art announces the addition of a large-scale sculpture

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) announces the addition of a large-scale sculpture by contemporary Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden expansion. The 6.5-acre expansion, which opened to the public in May of 2019, builds on the success of the museum’s original five-acre Besthoff Sculpture Garden, widely regarded as one of the top sculpture gardens in the world. The comprehensive garden is now home to more...

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Revitalized Storyland Grand Re-Opening Date Announced

Grand Opening:  Saturday September 28th at noon

Nearly 35 years after the last major renovation, the revitalization will bring in four new exhibits and will update the existing beloved exhibits New Orleanians know so well. City Park temporarily closed the Storyland gates in July 2019 and worked through the summer months to have Storyland ready for Ghosts in the Oaks and Celebration in the Oaks.

City Park’s focus for the revitalization include: incorporating STEM and interactive-play for the whole...

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2019 Voodoo Experience Schedule

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City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center Wins National Award

Pictured: Patti Todd, Director of Tennis for the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced that City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center is one of 25 winners in the 38th annual USTA Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center was honored at the USTA Semi-Annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on August 29, 2019. City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center was the original home of...

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A New Citizen Science Opportunity in Couturie Forest!

Help City Park make observations about our trees! In conjunction with the USA National Phenology Network, City Park has created a way for Park users to collect data that will help track regional patterns and changes in our tree phenology!

"Phenology is the study of recurring plant and animal life cycle states and their timing and relationships with climate and other abiotic factors…Phenology is nature’s calendar – when...

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City Park Sweeps the Gambit ‘Best Of’’ 2019 Awards

Thanks to the readers of Gambit, New Orleans City Park has taken first place in the FIVE categories nominated in the 2019 Best Of Awards. Each year Gambit Weekly runs a digital poll asking readers to vote for their favorites around the city. Categories are often 'switched up each year' and usually City Park is among the winners. Check out the categories City Park won this year, and click each for the corresponding link on...

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Cafe Du Monde Grand Opening

New Orleans City Park is proud to announce the opening of the newest Café Du Monde in the Park’s Casino Building. We invite the public to join us for the grand opening and ribbon cutting.

Café Du Monde serves their beignets three to an order and café au lait among other treats including other coffee drinks like frozen mocha au lait, milk, and soft drinks. Café...

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Storyland Revitalization Begins July 8th

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 A jewel of New Orleans City Park, Storyland is an enchanted playground that has been in New Orleanians’ backyards since the 1950s. In Storyland, children can climb aboard Captain Hook’s pirate ship, adventure into the mouth of Pinocchio’s whale or scamper up Jack & Jill’s hill.

This outdoor, fairy-tale playground is a child’s dream come true filled with 18 larger-than-life...

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New Orleans Park Partners Help Collect Swimsuits for Residents in Need

Audubon Nature Institute and New Orleans City Park are partnering to collect new swimsuits for residents in need in support of Mayor Cantrell and the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission’s swimsuit drive. New unused swimsuits with tags can be dropped off at all Audubon attractions, City Park, City Hall, and NORD facilities.

“We are pleased to partner with Audubon Nature Institute and New Orleans City Park in our...

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Pollinator Week 2019 is June 17th-23rd!

What exactly, you might ask, is pollination? Pollination is a vital stage in the life cycle of all flowering plants. When pollen is moved within a flower or carried from one flower to another of the same species it leads to fertilization. This transfer of pollen is necessary for healthy and productive native and agricultural ecosystems.  About 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move their heavy pollen grains...

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Sign up for Plastic Free July!

New Orleans City Park and Audubon Nature Institute encourage you to participate in Plastic Free July, a 31-day global challenge to reduce and refuse single-use plastics. Let's all team up from across the country to be a part of the challenge and and also invite the New Orleans community to join!

The challenge takes place through an easy-to-use online platform. Click here for the link. Track your individual progress, share successes...

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Happy 3rd of July: Celebrate America with Music and Fireworks

Each year City Park and the The Marine Corps Band New Orleans put on a spectacular show on July 3rd on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn. This year's event will not dissapoint! Plus...fireworks from the top of the Peristyle. 

Wear your red, white, and blue best and bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy patriotic music.

Arrive early to get a great spot on the...

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Storyland Named Among Best Family-Travel Activities in New Orleans by Forbes

This month Forbes named New Orleans one of the “Top 10 American Cities for Family-Friendly Travel” and Storyland in New Orleans City Park among the Best Family-Travel Activities in New Orleans. With its many attractions, events, and open green spaces, City Park’s 1300 acres is a dream destination for anyone year-round and Storyland is a at the heart of the Park.

“Storyland is a treasured part of New Orleans....

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New Orleans City Park Named Among Best Things to Do with the Kids in New Orleans

This month USA Today 10 Best named New Orleans City Park among the ‘Ten Best Things to Do with the Kids in New Orleans’. With its many attractions, events, and open green spaces, City Park’s 1300 acres is a dream destination for anyone year-round.

The website singled out: the New Orleans Botanical Garden, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Storyland, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and pointed out the 1300 acres for...

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New Orleans City Park Named one of the Best City Parks in America

This month Thrillist compiled The 18 Best City Parks in America. New Orleans City Park is proud to be named one of 18 ‘best city parks’. With its many attractions, events, and open green spaces, City Park’s 1300 acres is a dream destination for anyone year-round.

The website singled out: Storyland, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Couturie Forest, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Sydney...

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Earth Day and Swing in the Oaks

Join us for a big celebration with two free events in the Park: Earth Day and Swing in the Oaks.

Celebrate the earth and learn how we can build a healthier relationship with our natural spaces. The event will have exhibitors, activities for children, live music, crafts, cooking demonstrations, and of course delicious food. The event will take place in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. This celebration promises: -Guidance on leading a...

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14,000 tulips have bloomed at Big Lake in New Orleans City Park.

They're blooming!

14,000 tulips have bloomed at Big Lake in New Orleans City Park. Planted in mid-January 2019, the flowers started blooming last week and are in full bloom now. The City Park Horticulture Department plants each bulb by hand with great care and it takes the team of six over 20 hours from start to finish.

New this year: We redesigned the ropes between the blooms and the public. Now you...

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Great Backyard Bird Count

We want to see how many birds the public can find this weekend for the Great Backyard Bird Count! Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to...

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February Super Saturday: catch basin clean up

We LOVE our volunteers! On Saturday, February 2, 2019, nine UNO students, eight folks from St. Peter's Presbyterian Church, one Holy Cross student, one Sewage and Water Board representative, and five City Park staff worked to clear drains in the Park! Even two boys who were at the Park for a birthday party joined to help! What a group! The more storm water the Park can take from neighborhoods, the better for the neighborhoods!...

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Volunteers Give Back to New Orleans City Park on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Day of Service

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New Orleans City Park is grateful to the many people who volunteered on Monday, January 21, 2019, between 9:30 am and noon in City Park for this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. day of service. Volunteers and students from Tulane University, Dillard University, Loyola University, and The University of New Orleans  honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by working with one another to give back to New Orleans City Park, our...

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