Master Plan: City Park 2018

City Park never stops improving!

On March 29, 2005, the Board of Commissioners of the City Park Improvement Association adopted City Park 2018, a comprehensive master plan for the park that details the direction of park projects and programming to be completed or started by the year 2018, the 300th anniversary of the City of New Orleans.

City Park 2018 was developed with extensive input from the public, including a regional telephone survey, an online survey, and two well-attended public meetings. In addition, several noteworthy public parks, such as Central Park in New York City and Balboa Park in San Diego, were examined to learn about trends in park planning and current thinking about programs and facilities appropriate to a great urban park. The master plan has been reviewed and updated several times since the original plan was announced in 2005.

Project consultants included the national urban planning and design firm of Wallace, Roberts & Todd, LLC, the local landscape architecture firm of Cashio Cochran, LLC, and the international economic analysis firm of Economics Research Associates.

The Master Plan document is available for download below in Adobe Acrobat portable document format (.pdf) which can be viewed online or printed on standard 8.5” x 11” paper. Viewing or printing the plan requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To view updates on the status of the master plan and capital projects in the park, visit the Capital/Master Plan Update page.

City Park never stops improving! The park is doing more than just recovering from hurricane damage – we are building a better park. City Park’s in-depth Master Plan is a comprehensive guide to the projects and improvements in store for the park. We will continue to repair and renovate existing park facilities and infrastructure, and exciting, new plans and facilities are in store.

The Helis Foundation Enrique Alfèrez Sculpture Garden

The Helis Foundation Enrique Alfèrez Sculpture Garden

Revised: February 2018
There is a lot going on at City Park and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the changes and improvements. We are building a better Park in concert with the Park’s Master Plan – City Park 2018.
The following list will help you keep track of Park progress.
What have you done for me lately?
Since Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005, we have:

• Built the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn
• Constructed the Big Lake area
• Renovated Tad Gormley and Pan American stadiums
• Renovated the practice track surface
• Renovated the North Golf Course
• Renovated the Casino Building
• Installed several miles of new sidewalks and jogging paths
• Completed Carousel renovations and installed two new rides in the Amusement Park
• Replanted the Botanical Garden and renovated all of its buildings
• Installed a new high tech playground
• Repaired all Storyland exhibits and added two new ones
• Planted over 7,500 trees
• Utilized more than 100,000 volunteers who have made dramatic improvements in the Park
• Demolished several hurricane-damaged buildings
• Repaved Harrison, Wisner, Robert E Lee and Marconi
• Landscaped the Lelong entrance to the Park
• Opened the dog park – NOLA City Bark
• Finished a 250-car parking lot at Tricentennial Place
• Built a new fishing pier along Marconi
• Opened the City Park / Pepsi Tennis Complex
• Moved out of our trailers and into the Administration Building
• Made additional road repairs and installed over 100 new LED street lights
• Constructed the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain – a new rental venue
• Opened the new 50-acre Festival Grounds (land that was the South Golf Course)
• Opened the Morning Call restaurant
• Built City Putt, a 36-hole miniature golf complex
• Built a very large covered rink at Equest Farm
• Gave the century old Perisyle a facelift
• Opened the Matt Savoie Soccer Complex
• Built and opened Parker’s Café
• Purchased a food truck
• Built and opened Parker’s Pizza
• Constructed a new pedestrian bridge and parking lot at Couturie Forest
• Completed Amusement Park upgrades, including a new Ladybug Roller Coaster
• Constructed a new entry to the Botanical Garden; The Oscar J. Tolmas Center
• Constructed The Helis Foundation Enrique Alfèrez Sculpture Garden
• Relocated disc golf to north of I-610
• Installed additional bike racks throughout the Park
• Installed two new sculptures: The Wave of the World at Big Lake and Jendiva on Roosevelt Mall
• Built a replacement parking lot at City Putt
• Built parking adjacent to the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain
• Built plazas in front of the Oscar J. Tolmas Center, around City Putt, and in front of the Peristyle
• Opened the Arrival Garden in the New Orleans Botanical Garden
• Opened Bayou Oaks at City Park, a new championship golf course and clubhouse
• Built a biking/walking/jogging path along Marconi, between Robert E. Lee and Harrison
• Opened the new Wisner Bridge
• Installed a new playground on Magnolia Drive
• Created and launched a massive Park website
• Constructed a new dock on Diagonal Drive
• Constructed a new top to the Couturie Forest Mountain
• Constructed a new entrance to Couturie Forest with a 100 foot bridge
• Opened Gander Point, a small gathering spot on Magnolia Drive

What are your plans for 2018?
We will either start or start & finish the following projects:
• Develop a specific plan for the “Wisner Tract” (Roughly the land between Zachary Taylor, Wisner, Harrison, and Magnolia Drive.)
• Reopen the concession building and the 4th field at the softball quadruplex
• Begin construction on an Outdoor Kitchen at the New Orleans Botanical Garden
• Continue the reforesting program
• Begin construction on a new maintenance complex
• Begin construction of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA expansion
• Continue construction on the Louisiana Children's Museum

What could I see in upcoming years?
• A new skate park
• Construction of a new Environmental Education Center
• Construction of a Splash Park: City Splash
• Construction of a multi-purpose building
• Construction of sound walls


Master Plan (To Print Version)



City Park is home to the largest collection of mature Live Oaks in the world. The oldest is more than 900 years old!