Blog Archives

Posts from January 2020

Tennis Award!

This week the Tennis Industry Association presented the Industry Champions of Tennis 2019...Congratulations to the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Complex!

The national award is issued annually to honor those who are making a difference in the Tennis Industry.

City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center was named Public Park of the Year.

Arguably one of the best tennis complexes in the state, the facility offers 26 lighted courts (16 hard courts, 10 clay courts), a practice court with two backboards, showers and lockers for players. The City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center also hosts the annual Sugar Bowl Tournament and summer tennis clinics for kids. USPTA/PTR Certified Pros are available for lessons. Call the Clubhouse for more information, to reserve a court, or to book a lesson.

This award comes on the heals of the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center winning the National Award: 2019 Outstanding Facility Award: click here for more information on that! 

Golf Advisor Names Bayou Oaks at City Park a Top Course in Louisiana

Online golf magazine Golf Advisor has announced the 2019 Golfers’ Choice: Best Louisiana Golf Courses.  New Orleans City Park is proud to announce Bayou Oaks at City Park has been named one of fifteen top golf courses in Louisiana.

The annual Golf Advisor state Golfers' Choice lists are compiled by analyzing the ratings and reviews submitted by members of the review community throughout the year. Golf Advisor uses their Golf Advisor Index logic that weights newer reviews and combine it with a course's weighted subcategory averages. Reviews from trusted and active reviewers are weighted heavier than inactive members. Courses must offer public access and have received at least one review in 2019 to be eligible for this year's list.

Bayou Oaks at City Park is in great company with other Louisiana courses such as Koasati Pines at Coushatta and Atchafalaya at Idlewild Golf Course.  To visit the online post and see the other winners, please visit this link.

“We’re honored to be included in the annual Golf Advisor Golfers’ Choice list for Louisiana in 2019. We love being able to provide a great golf experience in such a beautiful setting as New Orleans City Park. Golfer's Choice rankings are determined by a community of reviewers – so this is a particularly wonderful list to be a part of as it comes from the golfers themselves. We’re looking forward to a great 2020 and to showing off the links to more and more national and regional traveling golfers and locals alike,” said Brian Long General manager, Bayou Oaks at City Park.

Golf Advisor:
Golf Advisor is the ultimate destination for traveling golfers, who love to play, travel and learn more about how the sport of golf can be experienced around the world. Featuring more than 825,000 reviews of 14,000-plus golf courses, Golf Advisor serves as a one-stop, customized experience for golfers of all levels to find honest recommendations from their peers – and to offer feedback of their own – about any golf course they play, anywhere, anytime. A veteran staff of award-winning writers provides complementary, expert editorial content about golf travel, architecture and history

Pollinator-Friendly Resolutions for 2020

Our Sustainability department would like to share this informaiton with you so you can BEE friendly. 

Happy New Year! As we start the New Year, we are taking the time to think about everything we are grateful for. At the top of our list are pollinators - the bees, butterflies, flies, wasps, moths, beetles, bats, birds and other creatures that play a crucial role in pollinating majority of the flowering plants on Earth and many of the crops we rely on for food. And of course, with the New Year comes resolutions! If you are wondering how you can help pollinators in 2020, we've got the perfect list of resolutions for you!

My 2020 New Year's Resolutions for Pollinators:

1) I will plant native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees in my garden.

2) I will promote the use of native plants to other gardeners in my area, and collect native seed from my garden to share with neighbors.

3) I will leave leaf litter, stems, twigs and logs in my garden for nesting bees and for butterflies to lay their eggs and overwinter.

4) I will provide food for pollinators all year by having spring, summer, and fall blooming plants in my garden and yard.

5) I will make environmentally-friendly decisions to reduce my carbon footprint in order to help improve pollinator health and habitat quality.

6) I will write to local, state or federal authorities to express my support for pollinator-friendly practices and initiatives.

7) I will support pollinator-friendly farmers by buying local organic or low-spray produce.

8) I will support my local beekeepers by buying local bee products like raw honey.

9) I will volunteer with a group of friends to plant a pollinator garden in my community, and take part in local citizen science initiatives.

The original article can be found here

Bob Becker named a Top Executive of the Year

Business People of the Year: Biz New Orleans Magazine: Introducing the transformative thirteen of 2019

Dr. Robert W. Becker: CEO, CITY PARK IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

New Orleans City Park’s live oaks and lagoons have witnessed incredible change throughout the park’s 166-year history, but the park is about to close out one of its most challenging and successful eras as Dr. Robert W. Becker — CEO of City Park for almost 20 years — has announced he will retire upon the hiring of his successor, anticipated in the first quarter of 2020.

Becker has served as CEO of the City Park Improvement Association, the entity that runs New Orleans City Park, since 2001. Under his leadership, the park created and began to implement a comprehensive master plan that included land use strategy, projects and programs. That master plan was adopted mere months before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The levee failure resulted in flooding during which the park lost more than 2,000 trees and Becker and his reduced staff worked from trailers for more than five years before they were able to move back into offices. Becker counts the recovery from Katrina as the most meaningful accomplishment during his tenure at the park.

“It was total devastation…the master plan provided a blueprint for our recovery,” said Becker. “Using the plan and rallying volunteers, corporate donors, nonprofit organizations and state and local government, we worked together to get things back up and running.”

The same year as Hurricane Katrina, the park received its first public operating funds from the state; it wasn’t until 2019 that New Orleanians voted for the first time to include City Park in the distribution of funding from city taxes. These two sources of public funding amount to almost $4 million out of the park’s $22 million operating budget.

“City Park is the principal urban recreation resource in the entire state,” said Becker. “Most U.S. parks are funded 60 to 70% with public dollars. We were successful by telling that story so it resonated with state and local officials and citizens.”

The board of the City Park Improvement Association has engaged a national search firm to find a new CEO, and Becker has offered to overlap with the person to help with onboarding.

“He or she will be able to write their own story. They will be able to get the park to another level of success,” said Becker.

Meanwhile, Becker said he plans to travel with his wife to visit their children and grandchildren and write a book.

“I want to write a history of what we’ve been though in the park for the last 20 years,” he said. “There are a lot of really important lessons about what we learned here about being hit by a disaster. Other parks can benefit from what we learned.” ­

— By Jennifer Gibson Schecter 

Original post may be found here.

New Orleans City Park Named One of the Gorgeous Spaces in Some of the World’s Biggest Cities

Online review site Trip Advisor has announced the 7 Gorgeous Green Spaces in Some of the World’s Biggest Cities.  New Orleans City Park is proud to be named one of seven ‘gorgeous spaces’ and the only in New Orleans mentioned. With its many attractions, events, and open green spaces, City Park’s 1300 acres is a dream destination for anyone year-round.

“Parks are critically important components of our cities and towns, offering places to relax, meet up, and escape the business of urban life. These 7 parks are among some of the most beautiful and beloved in the world, located in marquee cities across the globe. Whether you’re a local or a traveler, you can appreciate the depth of what these gorgeous green spaces add to their respective urban areas,” says Trip Advisor.

“If you think you have seen everything NOLA has to offer, then visit City Park. Been there? Go again! The landscape changes with the seasons offering a new experience. I took advantage of the Blue Bike, starting in the French Quarter and it felt easy and safe (using common sense of course). Recommend going early morning or late evening. Put this on your list of things to do on a romantic getaway on a budget.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

New Orleans City Park is in great company with other international spaces such as Luxembourg Gardens in Paris France and the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Melbourne Australia.  To visit the online post and see the other winners, please visit this link.

“We’re thrilled to get this recognition and to be listed on an international list. We love being able to bring such an A-list space to our guests. As a world class Park, we know City Park is a true jewel of recreation space and we’re always thrilled to hear it when others tout their agreement. What a great way to ring in 2020!,” said Bob Becker, CEO for New Orleans City Park.