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What happens to the Tennis Balls? Funny you should ask!

Reblogged from this page.

City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center is one of our largest partners, and another great example of a public facility focused on offering premiere tennis courts while staying committed to sustainability! Johanna Gundlach, the Sustainabilty Coordinator for City Park tells us that the public reaction to seeing Recycleballs bins on their courts is one of enthusiasm and curiosity. “People actually get excited about recycling their tennis balls, rather than throwing them in the trash can. They want to know more about what they will be used for, and even stop by and drop off bags of used balls!”

Many consider Pepsi Tennis Center to be the Premiere Tennis Facility in New Orleans. It’s the biggest facility in Louisiana with 26 courts (16 hard / 10 clay), and home to hundreds of tennis players - from collegiate athletes (Loyola and Tulane both play there), to USTA players, to recreational players of all ages.  But size isn’t the only thing that sets City Park apart, players are drawn to City Park’s commitment to protecting the environment.

Johanna tells us, “New Orleans City Park is continuously working towards becoming a leader in sustainability in the New Orleans region by greening Park operations at every level and in every department. Example green efforts in New Orleans City Park include increasing access to recycling in all public use areas of the Park, identifying opportunities for energy savings through lighting and HVAC upgrades, sustainability education programs for City Park employees, and community-wide citizen science programs to inventory and better understand the Park's flora and fauna.”

Last year, Johanna and her colleagues went on a mission to find a way to recycle and reuse tennis balls and prevent them from ending up in a landfill, and when she learned about Recycleballs, she jumped on the opportunity to partner with another organization dedicated to making tennis a greener sport. Thanks, Johanna and City Park for your partnership and your outstanding green efforts!


[Pictured:  Martin Alexander, Tennis Maintenance Attendant for the City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center. Martin plays a huge roll in the success of the tennis ball recycling program, and educates and encourages visitors to recycle their used tennis balls.]


To find ot more information on tennis at New Orleans City Park, please click here

Record Broken! A BIG Bass!

Broc Corcoran caught a record bass, 9.3lbs

The location’s a secret! Record breaking!

Broc Corcoran caught a record bass, 9 lbs 3oz, in New Orleans City Park on Monday, March 5, 2018.

He was using a soft plastic minnow on a bait caster. Where did he make the catch in City Park? Well, that’s a secret! Congrats Broc!

Don’t forget the 71st annual Big Bass Fishing Rodeo is Saturday, March 24th.

Louisiana is a sportsman’s paradise and City Park is no exception. Bass, catfish, perch and other fish can be found in the park’s 11+ miles of lagoons. Every spring, City Park hosts the Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival, a one-day event featuring music, exhibits, a silent auction, a casting contest and demonstration, and of course, plenty of fishing.

To fish in City Park, you need a valid freshwater fishing license from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. No fishing is allowed on golf courses or in areas with active contruction. No person may place their own boat in the park waterways. The park encourages anglers to catch and release fish.

There are many great fishing spots in the Park. Most people who fish won't share their great secret places to fish! But we've seen many people fishing behind the Casino Building, up and down Bayou Metairie, in Big Lake, off the Fishing Pier on Marconi Avenue, and in the water ways in Couturie Forest. If conditions are right and you're patient, you could catch a fish and have a great fish tale to tell.

*Fishing is not allowed from boats (only from the shoreline).

The previous record breaking catch:

Occurred: August 15, 2013

Tim Zissis loves to fish in City Park because it brings back memories of his childhood – fishing with his father and younger brother starting more than 35 years ago.  Zissis’s father passed when he was only 16.  The now 44 year-old spends time at the park because he says it’s quality time with his dad.  While Zissis enjoys making friends with other fishermen enjoying the park’s waterways, the New Orleanian has also used fishing as a way to rehab, exercise and gain strength after a life-threatening infection almost caused his leg to be amputated last year.

On August 14th, around 3:30 p.m., Zissis, an avid City Park angler, cast his homemade plastic frog along the bank when a monster bass hit it.  Zissis fought the bass for about five minutes but the large fish spit the bait loose.  Zissis knew this was his dream bass – one of the biggest he ever sparred with.  When the fish got away, he literally fell to his knees, convinced his trophy was gone.  He regained his composure and made another cast.  All of a sudden, Zissis felt his line jerk.  A bass smashed his bait, again, four inches off the bank.  This time, success!  He knew it was the record when the fish jumped three feet out of the water.  He was amazed to see the size of the bass!  Zissis rushed over to City Park administration to show it off with hopes he broke the 9 pound City Park record.  He did – by .05 pounds.

After 35 years, Zissis has accomplished one of his life’s goals – catching a record-breaking bass in honor of his father.

Think you've broken the current record?

Fishing in the Park and think you've broken the current record? Here are the details you need to know:

-Must be a live fish

-Must be caught at New Orleans City Park

-Photographs are needed

-A photograph is needed of the weight displayed on a state-calibrated scale (fish markets near the Park have these, but make sure the photo shows the weight in decimal amount and includes the state ID tag that is located on all state inspected scales).

-Witness statements to the catch are preferred

Bring the photos and catch over to the Park Administration building if during normal business hours. Email story, witness statements, and photos to

Above all, remember there is honor among fish and men. Please be honorable and follow all directions.