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Posts from April 2016

Keeping the Oak Trees Safe

With grant funding, bollards are being installed on the south side of Harrison Avenue
between Wisner and the roundabout.  The bollards will protect adjacent oaks by keeping
cars from parking on top of the tree roots.  We have built a small parking lot off
Harrison for patrons to use and encourage others to enter that area of the Park by
parking in the Pan American parking lot.

Tree Facts
* A mature tree absorbs 120 to 240 pounds of pollutants every year.

* The average person consumes about 386 pounds of oxygen per year. The average, healthy tree (say, a 32-foot ash tree) can produce about 260 pounds of oxygen annually. Two trees supply the oxygen needs of one person every year.

* If every American planted just one tree, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would be reduced by one billion pounds annually. This is nearly 5 percent of the amount that humans pump into the atmosphere every year.

* A mature bald cypress can absorb as much as 880 gallons of water in one day!

A New Shade Covering at the Playground

In August of 2015, New Orleans City Park cut the ribbon on a new playground at the already popular Festival Grounds. Located between Christian Brothers School and the Reunion Shelter on Friedrichs Avenue, the playground sits inside a paved concrete circle. It is that circular shape that lent its geometric details to the playgrounds name: Sir Cumference.

The Sir Cumference playground includes climbing areas, monkey bars, a slide, balance beams, and musical instruments for kids to play. The playground is geared towards children ages 5 to 12 years old. Adult supervision is recommended at all times. Parking is easy for parents in the lot just a few feet from the playground. Restrooms are located on the opposite side of the Reunion Shelter.

AND NOW the Sir Cumference playground now sports a beautiful new shade covering. 

This playground joins the City Park family as one of four playgrounds in the Park. The other playgrounds are the Stanley Ray Playground (on Dreyfous), the Blue Starbucks Playground (on Stadium), and Storyland (on Victory).

New Orleans City Park Earth Day 2016

WHAT: Earth Day promises to be a great event!  Celebrate living a ‘green life’ with your friends in City Park. The event will take place along Victory Avenue on the plaza in front of the Oscar J. Tolmas Center.

Receive information on living a sustainable way of life from local businesses and non-profit organizations that contribute to a greener lifestyle.

Bring the kids! Have the kids participate in activities using recycled materials to make an art project. Children can also test their recycling knowledge and win prizes with the “Sort the Trash” game.

SEED Restaurant will perform cooking demos and you’ll get to taste the local, organic, and purely natural dishes.

China Lights in City Park Postponed Due to Rain (4/1/16)

China Lights in City Park Postponed Due to Rain (4/1/16)

New Orleans (April 1, 2016)

WHAT: Due to impending inclement weather passing through New Orleans, China Lights will not be open tonight, April 1, 2016.

Already have a ticket for tonight? No problem! China Lights tickets are good for any night of the current season that the event is open. There is no refund due to rain, power outages, and other unforeseen conditions.

THE EVENT: More than 30 extraordinary, blazingly bright silk covered structures will fill the Botanical Garden.  Picture an incredible glowing dragon 131-feet long or a three-story, lit-from-within pagoda towering high enough to be seen from almost any vantage point. Plus the festival will include live entertainment and Chinese food with New Orleans flair – think muffelatta egg rolls!
Live entertainment each night in the large tent. Be sure to visit the Education Exhibit located in the Garden Study Center. See dozens of dazzlingly colorful lighted displays created at City Park by a team of 100 artisans and technical staff from Sichuan Tianyu, located in Zigong, China.

The event runs February 23 through May 1, 2016 in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Enter event through The Tolmas Center at 5 Victory Avenue.

Botanical Garden featuring China Lights (Daytime)
February 23 through May 1, 2016
10am to 5pm (Last ticket sold at 4pm)
*$12/person ages 13+
*$8/children ages 3 to 12
*Children under 3 free
*Group (25 people +) $10/person
Tickets must be purchased at the Oscar J. Tolmas Center (5 Victory Avenue). No Friends of City Park discount.

China Lights (Night time):
February 23 through May 1, 2016
Open: Sunday, Tuesday through Thursday: 6pm to 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 6pm to 11pm (Closed Monday)
Last entry 1 hour before close.
In the New Orleans Botanical Garden (separate from the Botanical Garden Daytime entrance fee)
*$18/person ages 13+
*$12/children ages 3 to 12
*Children under 3 free
*Group (25 people +) $15/person
Tickets may be purchased online and at The Tolmas Center (5 Victory Avenue). No Friends of City Park discount. Bring your printed ticket to the event.

Group tickets may be purchased at the Tolmas Center. Group tickets may not be purchased online.

Live entertainment: weeknights: 6:30 pm and 8 pm; weekend nights: 6:30 pm, 8 pm, and 9:15 pm

For more information please visit or call 482-4888.

Please be sure to print tickets and bring them to the event to be presented at the admission gate.

Weir (noun \ˈwer, ˈwir\) :

Weir (noun \ˈwer, ˈwir\) : a low wall or dam built across a stream or river to raise the level of the water or to change the direction of its flow

Whether you call it a dam or a weir, City Park is getting a new one at the Park on Zachary Taylor Drive. 

So what, who cares, you say? 

It’s actually a pretty big deal.  The existing weir dates back to the WPA era (1930s) and has limited functionality. The new weir, which will drain lagoons between I-610 and Harrison Avenue, will have the ability to better manage water flow. 
For example, we will be able to reduce the levels of the lagoons prior to anticipated large storms so that our lagoon system can hold more water before discharging it into the city’s storm drains.

FREE Zumba Classes at City Park

WHAT: Join your friends for free Zumba classes at the Peristyle in New Orleans City Park. New Orleans City Park, Elmwood Fitness Center, and Ochsner are excited to bring the community yet another way to exercise in the Park. Come ready to dance away stress and have some fun. Wear appropriate workout attire, gym shoes, and bring H2O as you’ll work up a sweat!


Rain or shine
Saturdays: April 2nd through May 7th
8 am until 8:45 am

WHERE:  The Peristyle in New Orleans City Park (near the intersection of Dreyfous and Anseman)

COST: Free and no reservations are needed

For further information call (504)733-1600.