No one can do it alone, and New Orleans City Park is no exception. 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 City 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. Without the support of individuals like you, City Park would not be what it is today. New Orleans City Park is your Park, your memories!
Your Park, Your Perks!
Enjoy the many perks of a Friends of City Park membership and know that you are helping to maintain and enhance City Park’s natural beauty and recreation.
Friends’ members enjoy 12 full months of fun and savings in one of New Orleans' best family-fun destinations. Join Friends of City Park today.
A Friends of City Park Membership offers members the following exclusive perks:
Free unlimited admission to:
Celebration in the Oaks
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park*
Botanical Garden (does not include special events)
Spring Garden Show & Fall Garden Festival
• Amusement Park*
10% off amusement park rides pass
• City Putt
$2 off City Putt
• Boat/Bike rentals at Big Lake
20% off boat/bike rentals
• City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center
10% off court rental
• Golf at the North Course
$2 off large bucket of balls
• NOLA City Bark
$5 off dog park permit
• Equest Farms
10% off individual riding lessons
• Filmore in the Oaks
10% discount on purchases
• Parker’s Café in the Amusement Park
10% discount on purchases
• Friends’ annual special events
* Please note: a Friends of City Park Membership does not include rides. For information on an Amusement Park Season Pass click here.
All credit and debit card sales are assessed a $2 service fee.
Perks for one named adult age 65+. - $40.00
Perks for two named adults ages 65+ living at the same address or one named adult and one guest. - $50.00
Perks for one named adult. - $55.00
Perks for two named adults living at the same address or one named adult and one guest. - $65.00
Perks for two named adults living at the same address or one named adult and one guest and up to six of their children/grandchildren under the age of 18. - $75.00
Perks for two named adults living at the same address or one named adult and one guest and up to six of their children/grandchildren under the age of 18. This membership includes the babysitter privilege. - $125.00
Perks for two named adults living at the same address or one named adult plus one guest and up to six of their children/grandchildren under the age of 18. This membership includes the babysitter privilege, two Ghosts in the Oaks tickets, and one additional Celebration in the Oaks guest. - $250.00
Perks for two named adults living at the same address or one named adult and two guests and up to six of their children/grandchildren under the age of 18. This membership includes the babysitter privilege, four Ghosts in the Oaks tickets, and two additional Celebration in the Oaks guests. - $500.00
Memberships can also be purchased at the Administration Building at 1 Palm Drive NOLA 70124 Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (504) 483-9376.
FRIENDS OF CITY PARK FUNDRAISERS
City Park raises 89% of its operating budget which leaves little to no resources for park capital improvements. Friends of City Park holds three major fundraisers a year to assist in generating funds for these improvements:
Lark in the Park
The premier fundraiser of Friends of City Park hosts over 900 guests in the New Orleans Botanical Garden and Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park under the ancient live oak trees. Local live music acts entertain the crowd from 8pm – 11pm as they sip on specialty cocktails and sample delectable dishes from over 40 of New Orleans best restaurants.
The nightlife of New Orleans surrounded by the beauty of City Park’s Arbor Room at Popp Fountain give Martini Madness an edge on other fundraising events aimed at the young professional crowd and young at heart. With over 750 guests gathered to sample 30 of the most daring martinis and eat delicious cuisine from New Orleans restaurants, it is a blast waiting to happen!
Ghosts in the Oaks (3 nights!)
This family friendly fundraiser takes place in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland at City Park on a select weekend in October. Children and adults of all ages dress in their Halloween best for unlimited rides, air-brush face painting, arts and crafts, balloon animals, a pumpkin patch, and trick-or-treating!
OTHER FRIENDS' EVENTS
We love our members! This annual membership appreciation event is held the second to last Wednesday in July. The evening is an exclusive night in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park & Storyland for Friends of City Park members. Festivities include free admission, free rides, free treats, and live performers. City Park concessions are also open for sale during the event.
City Peek Tours
Do you want the inside scoop? Friends of City Park hosts a trio of Behind the Scenes Tours with 'City Peek.' Enjoy a hiking tour in Couturie Forest and Arboretum or a magical in-depth look at the New Orleans Botanical Garden, or learn all about the historic antique wooden carousel. Tours are held in the Spring/Summer annually. Reach out to Friends of City Park for details.
Visit the Friends of City Park website for more information.
**The mission of Friends of City Park is to maintain and increase the value and importance of City Park as a place of natural beauty, culture, recreation, and education for the public. All monies raised by Friends of City Park (FOCP) will be used for the capital needs of City Park at the discretion of the FOCP Executive Board. FOCP is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a registered charity with the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office.