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New Orleans Park Partners Help Collect Swimsuits for Residents in Need

Audubon Nature Institute and New Orleans City Park are partnering to collect new swimsuits for residents in need in support of Mayor Cantrell and the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission’s swimsuit drive. New unused swimsuits with tags can be dropped off at all Audubon attractions, City Park, City Hall, and NORD facilities.

“We are pleased to partner with Audubon Nature Institute and New Orleans City Park in our efforts to collect new swimsuits for residents of all ages,” said NORD CEO, Larry Barabino, Jr. “Through these donations, we will ensure everyone who wants to utilize the City’s pools during the hot summer months has the proper swimwear, and that all residents can participate in NORD’s free, year-round water safety, and swim lessons.”
With outdoor temperatures rising and children out of school for summer, pool time is a great way to beat the heat and expel some energy. The call for swimsuit donations underscores the City’s effort to make sure all New Orleans residents have access to the City’s 17 free public pools and the free swim lessons offered year-round.
Swimsuits can be donated at Guest Services windows at Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Community members will receive one complimentary admission ticket to the Audubon attraction of their choice when they donate one new swimsuit at one of these Audubon attractions. Limit four tickets per person.
“When we learned about the swimsuit drive, we thought it was only natural that we participate in some way to give children the opportunity to swim at the city’s community- based pools. Part of our mission is to connect children and families with nature and the great outdoors. We are proud that our employees will be making donations as well,” said Audubon Vice President of Community Affairs Chimene Grant Saloy.
New Orleans City Park is offering one Carousel Gardens Amusement Park admission ticket and unlimited ride band for each swimsuit donated at the City Park drop-off location. Swimsuit donations can be dropped off at City Park’s Administration Building located at 1 Palm Drive, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Limit four tickets per person.
“As a regional Park recreation is always at the forefront of our thinking. We’re thrilled to help the children and families of New Orleans beat-the-heat a little by enjoying pool time this summer at the NORD facilities,” New Orleans City Park CEO Bob Becker.
NORD is collecting new swimsuits at all recreation centers, pools, and the NORD Administration Building, located on Franklin Avenue, during regular operating hours.
Swimsuit donations will be collected through August 30 at all drop-off locations. 

Pollinator Week 2019 is June 17th-23rd!

What exactly, you might ask, is pollination? Pollination is a vital stage in the life cycle of all flowering plants. When pollen is moved within a flower or carried from one flower to another of the same species it leads to fertilization. This transfer of pollen is necessary for healthy and productive native and agricultural ecosystems.  About 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move their heavy pollen grains from plant to plant for fertilization. Most pollinators (about 200,000 species) are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and bees. The work of pollinators ensures full harvests of crops and contributes to healthy plants everywhere.  In the U.S., pollination produces nearly $20 billion worth of products annually.
Honeybees are the most beneficial and needed insect on our planet as they perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. One bee colony can pollinate up to 300 million flowers a day, and 70 out of the top 100 food crops are pollinated by bees! As a result of their continuous hard work, we have healthier plants, food and of course - HONEY! Often honeybees live high in the hollowed-out cavities of trees minding their own business, but sometimes they build their hives in less than ideal spots that can be very dangerous such as your home or place of business. Here are the park we have been lucky enough to develop a partnership with Bee Guyz, a local business that will remove bees from unsafe areas and relocate them to areas of natural habitat.
Unfortunately the world is losing bee colonies at an alarming rate and deaths from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) since 2006 have brought much needed attention to the issue. Bees are dying from a variety of factors including pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, parasites/viruses/diseases, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming. We as humans largely contribute to two of the most prominent causes of bee death: pesticides and habitat loss.
What can you do to help protect our pollinators?
If you see a bee hive in the Park in an unsafe spot, or if the bees are being aggressive please contact our Safety Coordinator Carrie Ann Ducote at 504-483-9358. We will contact the Bee Guyz to relocate the bees safely and make sure that they are able to survive.
If you find a beehive on your own property that presents a threat, PLEASE don’t kill the bees! You can call the Bee Guyz directly at 504-231-2205 and they will be safely relocated them so they can continue their  jobs pollinating plants! Check out their facebook page - Bee Guyz LLC!!!!
At your own home, you can help support our bee population by  reducing  your impact - reduce or eliminate your pesticide use, increase green spaces, and minimize urbanization. Pollution and climate change affect pollinators, too! 
You can also plant for pollinators. Create pollinator-friendly habitat with native flowering plants that supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and homes. City Park sells a variety of native plants which pollinators like at their monthly plant sales at the Pelican Greenhouse – the next one is July 20th.
Tell a friend. Educate your neighbors, schools, and community groups about the importance of pollinators. Host a dinner, a pollinated food cook-off or other event and invite your friends.
Join the Pollinator Partnership  - Go to and click on “Get Involved.” Be part of a growing community of pollinator supporters.

-Meg Adams, Director of Sustainability and Enviornment Stewardship


Sign up for Plastic Free July!

New Orleans City Park and Audubon Nature Institute encourage you to participate in Plastic Free July, a 31-day global challenge to reduce and refuse single-use plastics. Let's all team up from across the country to be a part of the challenge and and also invite the New Orleans community to join!

The challenge takes place through an easy-to-use online platform. Click here for the link. Track your individual progress, share successes and challenges with your teammates, and earn points for your completed actions.

Join the Plastic Free New Orleans team and invite your friends and family to get involved. At the end of the month, Audubon will recognize top participants with eco-friendly prizes!

With recent news of reduced plastic recycling in our city, this is a timely opportunity to get involved, educate others, and decrease the amount of plastic going into our waste stream. We hope you’ll join us in spreading the word. Together, our everyday actions can make a big impact.

How to Sign Up:

Create an account by entering your name and contact information.
Under “Create or Join a Team,” select “Join an Existing Team.”
Search “Plastic Free New Orleans.”
Join our team!
Select your challenges. You can edit these any time. The challenge begins July 1st!

Storyland Named Among Best Family-Travel Activities in New Orleans by Forbes

This month Forbes named New Orleans one of the “Top 10 American Cities for Family-Friendly Travel” and Storyland in New Orleans City Park among the Best Family-Travel Activities in New Orleans. With its many attractions, events, and open green spaces, City Park’s 1300 acres is a dream destination for anyone year-round and Storyland is a at the heart of the Park.

“Storyland is a treasured part of New Orleans. Generations of children have memories of the dragon slide and three little pigs. This true gem in City Park will be revitalized this year, restoring the existing site and adding new additions creating an environment that will bring deeper interaction with the fairytales through fun, play, and education,” said Bob Becker, CEO for New Orleans City Park.

In Storyland children can climb aboard Captain Hook’s pirate ship, follow Pinocchio into the mouth of a whale or scamper up Jack & Jill’s hill. Delighting children since the 1950s, this charming theme playground is a child’s dream filled with 20 larger-than-life storybook sculptures featuring classic fairytale characters. Children can have fun, play, and learn all while running under the shade of City Park oak trees.

Besides Storyland, the website singled out the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s big move to City Park in September of this year. 

New Orleans City Park is in great company with other attractions such as the Audubon Zoo and rides on the streetcars. To visit the post and see the other winners, please visit this link:

In its 169th year, City Park continues to push forward with thoughtful progress. Last month a 6 acre expansion of the New Orleans Museum of Art Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden was opened. Café du Monde beignet restaurant will open its doors this summer providing both locals and tourists alike a sugar experience that’s a true part of the New Orleans experience. A new ‘swing-ride’ will join the other 17 amusement rides in Carousel Gardens Amusement Park this fall. In the fall a large outdoor kitchen will open inside the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Scout Island Scream Park, a Halloween festival throughout October, will delight children with family friendly activities during the day and offer frightful haunts at night. This November and December Celebration in the Oaks will host its 33rd year bringing over 1 million lights over 25-acres.