Master Plan: City Park 2018

City Park never stops improving!

On March 29, 2005, the Board of Commissioners of the City Park Improvement Association adopted City Park 2018, a comprehensive master plan for the park that details the direction of park projects and programming to be completed or started by the year 2018, the 300th anniversary of the City of New Orleans.

City Park 2018 was developed with extensive input from the public, including a regional telephone survey, an online survey, and two well-attended public meetings. In addition, several noteworthy public parks, such as Central Park in New York City and Balboa Park in San Diego, were examined to learn about trends in park planning and current thinking about programs and facilities appropriate to a great urban park. The master plan has been reviewed and updated several times since the original plan was announced in 2005.

Project consultants included the national urban planning and design firm of Wallace, Roberts & Todd, LLC, the local landscape architecture firm of Cashio Cochran, LLC, and the international economic analysis firm of Economics Research Associates.

The Master Plan document is available for download below in Adobe Acrobat portable document format (.pdf) which can be viewed online or printed on standard 8.5” x 11” paper. Viewing or printing the plan requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To view updates on the status of the master plan and capital projects in the park, visit the Capital/Master Plan Update page.

January 2014
City Park never stops improving! The park is doing more than just recovering from hurricane damage – we are building a better park. City Park’s in-depth Master Plan is a comprehensive guide to the projects and improvements in store for the park. We will continue to repair and renovate existing park facilities and infrastructure, and exciting, new plans and facilities are in store.

What have you done for me lately?

Since Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005, we have:
• Built the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn
• Constructed the new Big Lake area
• Renovated Tad Gormley and Pan American Stadiums
• Renovated the practice track surface
• Renovated the North Golf Course
• Renovated the Casino Building
• Installed four miles of new sidewalks and jogging paths
• Completed Carousel renovations and installed two new rides in the Amusement Park
• Replanted the Botanical Garden and renovated all of its buildings
• Installed a new high tech playground
• Repaired all Storyland exhibits and added two new ones
• Planted over 5,000 trees
• Utilized 35,000 volunteers who have made dramatic improvements in the Park
• Demolished several hurricane-damaged buildings
• Repaved Harrison, Wisner, Robert E Lee and Marconi
• Landscaped the entrance to the Park
• Opened the new dog park – City Bark!
• Finished a 250-car parking lot at Tricentennial Place
• Built a new fishing pier along Marconi
• Opened the new City Park / Pepsi Tennis Complex
• Moved out of our trailers and into our new Administration Building
• Made additional road repairs and installed over 100 new LED street lights
• Constructed the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain – a new rental venue
• Dedicated the new 50-acre Festival Grounds
• Opened the Morning Call Restaurant
• Built City Putt, a 36-hole miniature golf complex
• Built a very large covered rink at Equest Farms
• Gave the century old Perisyle a facelift
• Dedicated the Matt Savoie Soccer Complex

What are your plans for 2014?
We will either start or start & finish the following projects:
• Construct a new pedestrian bridge and parking lot at Couturie Forest
• Complete Amusement Park upgrades, including a new Ladybug Roller Coaster
• Major infrastructure improvements in and around Tricentennial Plaza
• Begin construction on a new Splash Park
• Begin construction of a new championship level golf course and club house

What will I likely see in upcoming years?
• A new skate park
• A new maintenance building
• A new entry to the New Orleans Botanical Garden
• Construction of a new Environmental Education Center


Click to download the Master Plan 2018



City Park is home to the largest collection of mature Live Oaks in the world. The oldest is more than 900 years old!