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Posts from February 2019

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 can get even closer to the tulips to get just the right Instagram shot. (But we're still asking people to not pick the flowers or cross the ropes).

Some tulips have interesting names including: Apricot Parrot, World's Favorite, Happy Family, Purple Dream, and Blushing Lady.

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 create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

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! The group cleaned 17 catch basins and 30 additional catch basins were tagged with SWB markers along Lelong Ave. and Drefous Dr.

We cannot keep the Park looking as good as it does without the help from the community. If you or your group would like to volunteer at the Park, email Tyler Havens at  Always wear closed-toe shoes and sunscreen and bring a water bottle.