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Posts from September 2021

City Park Tennis Center: Rubico Court Resurfacing

Hurricane Ida caused widespread damage within City Park including to the Tennis Center’s clay courts. 

The courts are insured through the State of Louisiana and are awaiting assessment by insurance.  The high amount of damage to state assets has created delays in onsite assessments, but we have been assured that this should take place very soon.

It was the Park’s hope to keep at least a few courts playable during this time.  However, Tennis Center staff determined that they are unsafe for play unless they are topped with rubico, which will prevent a proper assessment of storm damage.

To ensure that we are able to keep the process moving forward swiftly, we have identified potential contractors and moved forward with securing cost assessments for a resurfacing of the courts.  The current courts have not been resurfaced in over five years, and as a result, we have concluded that we should move forward with resurfacing at this time.

The next steps are to have the storm damage assessed. After that we hope to move quickly into securing a contractor for resurfacing.  If not, the Park will seek to ensure that a least some of the courts are available for play while awaiting a full rehabilitation.

City Park welcomes the opportunity to bring a significantly improved playing experience to our players.  Please direct any questions or concerns to Cara Lambright, CEO at 

For the most up to date information on Tennis, please visit our Tennis Center page here. 

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City Park Recovery Update + Reopening

Now, nearly two weeks after Hurricane Ida made landfall, the Park has made significant strides in addressing fallen trees and removing countless tons of debris.  Our urban tree canopy was significantly impacted, along with other Park amenities. Much more work remains.

We are grateful for the resiliency of this urban greenspace.  Things could have been much worse. City Park acted just as a Park should, a big green sponge, absorbing water and mitigating its effects on adjacent neighborhoods.

Park staff and contractors are still performing post-storm tree assessments throughout the 1,300 acres of the Park. Please use caution while in the Park, and avoid walking or parking around any dangling limbs or leaning trees. We hope we can count on you to help us in other ways as well. Help us by taking your trash out of the Park when you leave. Take out what you take in. Help us steward and care for this wonderful resource.

If you are able, please consider donating to our Disaster Relief Fund. Home to the largest collection of Live Oak trees in the world, the rehabilitation of City Park is integral to our region, and your support today will directly impact the recovery, beautification, and preservation.

We will be mobilizing volunteer efforts in the near future to assist with our recovery and beautification. Register now by clicking here to be notified of City Park volunteer efforts when recovery projects have been added and we are ready for hands-on support.

The City Park Administration Building will open on Monday, September 13 for normal business hours of 8am - 5pm. Below you will find a list of facilities and there reopening dates.*

Thank you for being a critical part of the City Park community. 

Friday, September 10
Wheel Fun Rentals

Saturday, September 11
Bayou Oaks (South Course + Driving Range)
Cafe Du Monde
Louisiana Children's Museum

Monday, September 13
City Park Administration
Christian Brothers
City Bark
City Park Tennis Center

Tuesday, September 14
New Orleans Museum of Art

Wednesday, September 15
New Orleans Botanical Garden

Friday, September 17
City Putt

Saturday, September 25
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park

The Pelican Greenhouse Plant Sales and Wednesday Evenings in the Garden will resume in the near future. *Reopening dates are subject to change with recovery efforts. 

Culture Aid NOLA - Fill the Fridge

Free groceries to be distributed today, September 8th, 2:00 pm at Tad Gormley Stadium

Culture Aid NOLA will host a 70,000+ lb free food giveaway beginning at 2pm on Wednesday, September 8th at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park in New Orleans 5400 Stadium Drive.

Guests at the event will receive bags of fresh fruits and vegetables, while dancing (in their cars) to brass bands curated by Derrick Freeman and DJ Siphne Aaye. No identification, paperwork or reservation is required to pick up groceries.

Cars should line up on Marconi Drive at City Park by Tad Gormley Stadium parking lot, (map attached), a walk-up line will be located at the front entrance of Tad Gormley Stadium.

“We’re celebrating New Orleans’ spirit the best way we know how,” says Culture Aid NOLA Executive Director Erica Chomsky-Adelson, “With good food, good music, and good friends. As our city continues to recover from Hurricane Ida, we want to provide folks with groceries to keep them going.”

Cara Lambright, CEO of New Orleans City Park says "City Park is the People's Park, and we are proud to support Culture Aid NOLA as they provide crucial resources to thousands of our families"

Along with partners Second Harvest Food Bank, New Orleans City Park, World Central Kitchen, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, The New Orleans Musician’s Assistance Foundation, The Greater New Orleans Foundation, Sankofa,, Council Member Joe Giarrusso, Resilience Force, Premium Parking, and many more, the organization hopes to serve over 2,000 New Orleans families Wednesday afternoon.

Says Jay Vise, Director of Communications for Second Harvest Food Bank, “Second Harvest's partnerships with other aid and disaster response organizations like Culture Aid NOLA greatly expands the number of people either of us could serve at events like this. We’ll continue to send supplies to all seventeen parishes impacted by Ida for as long as needed”

When: September 8th 2021, 2:00 pm
Where: Tad Gormley Stadium, City Park, New Orleans
What: Fill the Fridge free food distribution

Hurricane Ida update from City Park CEO, Cara Lambright

Hurricane Ida, one of the strongest storms to hit our state, decimated so many communities in southeast Louisiana. This is a difficult time for everyone in the storm’s path, especially our surrounding parishes and even as far away as New York. Recovery will be a long path, but the people of our region are uniquely resilient.

We are assessing the extent of the damage caused to City Park’s 1,300 acres, from facilities to the historic live oak trees. Due to the heavy debris and wind damage, facilities and amenities remain closed until further notice.

Our team has been working closely to ensure a strategic and efficient recovery, with debris removal set as first priority. The safety of our staff is also high priority; therefore, we only have essential workers on the ground and the remainder of our staff is working remotely.

In the spirit of community resilience, we are supporting Entergy's power restoration efforts where we can, housing 100 linemen trucks from Georgia on-site, and we have donated our food inventory to Culture Aid NOLA, who has cooked a few thousand meals a day thus far at Howlin' Wolf (907 S Peters St.).

We have launched a Disaster Relief Fund to support City Park’s recovery efforts. If you are able, please consider donating to the fund. Home to the largest collection of Live Oak trees in the world, the rehabilitation of City Park is integral to our region, and your support today will directly impact the recovery, beautification, and preservation.

The New Orleans spirit and the way in which our community steps up to help each other continuously inspires me – from family, friends, neighbors, to strangers. This spirit bonds us all. City Park is a place for everyone, a place of community. Our commitment to maintaining the Park for our region is unwavering.

As we begin the road to recovery there are numerous volunteer opportunities within New Orleans for those that are able and willing to help our community now – click here for more information.  Your Park will also need help recovering from the storm. Register now by clicking here for City Park volunteer efforts to be notified when recovery projects have been added and we are ready for hands-on support.

We have weathered many storms together and this one won't be the last. But we will
persevere, and the Park will be here for you as a place of respite and calm. Stay safe and help others where you can.


Cara Lambright
Chief Executive Officer
New Orleans City Park