Posts from November 2019
Posted November 5, 2019 at 12:39 PM by Amanda Frentz
This month Travel Trivia compiled The 6 Best Urban Parks in the U.S. New Orleans City Park is proud to be named one of six ‘best urban parks’. With its many attractions, events, and open green spaces, City Park’s 1300 acres is a dream destination for anyone year-round and is listed as number one on the list.
“Cities offer a number of perks, but access to great natural spaces isn't always one of them. Fortunately, urban parks offer a great way to experience nature without ever leaving the city. While most of us may think of New York's Central Park as the quintessential urban park, the truth is that these incredible outdoor spaces can be found in cities all across the country. Here are just six of the best urban parks in the United States,” says Travel Trivia.
Among other attractions, the website singled out: City Park’s collection of mature live oaks (the largest collection on the planet!), the New Orleans Botanical Garden, and the treasured Carousel. Friends of City Park fundraisers, Ghosts in the Oaks and Martini Madness, get a well-deserved shout out, too.
New Orleans City Park is in great company with other parks such as Forest Park and Falls Park. To visit the online post and see the other 5 winners, please visit this link.
“We’re so happy to be named one of America’s Best Urban Parks. We truly love seeing people in the Park recreating and enjoying being in New Orleans. As a world class Park, we know City Park is a true jewel of the nation and we’re always thrilled to hear it when others tout their agreement,” said Bob Becker, CEO for New Orleans City Park.
In its 169th year, City Park continues to push forward with thoughtful progress. This year a 6 acre expansion of the New Orleans Museum of Art Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden was opened. Café Du Monde opened in City Park in July of 2019. In September, the Louisiana Children’s Museum opened its doors to the children of the nation and Storyland, a true gem of City Park, was revitalized to its full splendor as new generations of New Orleanians play on its fairy-tale sculptures. A large outdoor kitchen in the New Orleans Botanical Garden will opened in October. The City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center received the national honor of 2019 USTA Facility Award.
New Orleans City Park is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational activities, attractions for children, and its natural beauty. City Park is a 90/10 Park. Self-generated revenue makes up 90% of the $22 million annual operating budget; City Park receives no general fund operating dollars from the city or the state. The Park receives approximately $2 million each year from the state for operations. City Park has a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must visit for visitors to the city. The 1,300 acres of parkland provide enjoyment for people no matter their age. City Park is home to the world’s largest collection of mature Live Oak trees.