Storyland Revitalization

Storyland is an enchanted playground that has been in New Orleanians’ backyards since the 1950s. In Storyland, children can climb aboard Captain Hook’s pirate ship, adventure into the mouth of Pinocchio’s whale or scamper up Jack & Jill’s hill. This outdoor, fairy-tale playground is a child’s dream come true filled with 18 larger-than-life storybook sculptures, featuring classic characters from Grimm and Mother Goose nursery rhymes and Trickster character induced folk-tales from around the world. Children can have fun, play, and learn, all while running under the shade of City Park’s majestic oak tree canopies.

But wait…Storyland is getting even better! Nearly 35 years after the last major renovation, the revitalization will take place starting July 8, 2019 through the fall of 2019.

The revitalization will:
-Add four new exhibits:

1. Jack and the Beanstalk
2. Humpty Dumpty
3. The Tortoise and the Hare
4. Boudreaux the Zydeco Gator

-Enhance 18 well-loved exhibits:
• Alice in Wonderland
• Hey Diddle Diddle
• Little Mermaid
• Show White and the Seven Dwarfs
• The Storyland Castle
• Peter Pan’s Pirate Adventure
• Gingerbread Man
• Pinocchio and the Whale
• Cinderella’s Pumpkin
• Little Red Riding Hood
• The Three Little Pigs
• Jack and Jill
• Old Women Who Lived in a Shoe
• Puff the Magic Dragon Slide
• Old King Cole
• The School House

-Focus on the latest educational methods. including STEM and interactive-play for the whole family
-Increase ADA accessibility for more exhibits
-Breathe new life into the most popular spots in Storyland to host a child’s birthday party. Parties are being booked now. Click here for details.
-Use 90% local artists on this renovation

This announcement comes on the heels of Storyland being named this month by Forbes ‘among best family-travel activities in New Orleans’.

Storyland will close starting July 8, 2019 through the fall of 2019. 

Friends of City Park’s member perk of free admission to Storyland will be re-activated upon opening. Members should reach out to the Friends of City Park office for any questions by clicking here.

You can still support the effort. Contact Casie Duplechain, Chief Development Officer, at cduplechain@nocp.org for support opportunities, like sponsoring a bench in Storyland ito honor of your grandchild or child. Donate today by clicking here and and selecting Storyland in the drop down.


Thank you to the generosity of our current donors:

Jack in the Beanstalk:
Friends of City Park

Storyland Castle:
Boysie and Joy Bollinger

Alice in Wonderland:
Dots Diner - JoAnn and Larry Katz

Boudreaux the Zydeco Gator:
Kiwanis Club of New Orleans

Peter Pan’s Pirate Adventure:
Hahn Enterprises, Inc.

Pinocchio and the Whale:
Andrèe, Jay, Bailey, and Kelly Batt

Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe:
Robert Zetzmann Family Foundation

Cinderella’s Pumpkin:
George and Lauren Brennan Brower
Richard “Dickie” Brennan, Jr.
Steve and Yvette Pettus

Gingerbread Man:
Bryan and Lauren Fitzpatrick Family Foundation

Humpty Dumpty:
Laura and Philip Claverie
in honor of their grandchildren

Little Mermaid:
Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust

Little Red Riding Hood:
Lakeview Veterinary Hospital

Old King Cole:
The Children of Gerry Bordelon

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:
Liz and Poco Sloss
Karen and Peter DeBlieux
Mary and Keith Johnson

The Tortoise and the Hare:
The Azby Fund

Jack and Jill:
Jason Bourgeois and Camille Bourgeois
and their parents Warren Bourgeois and Usha Ramadhyani

The Whale Plaza:
Margaret Anne Eastman

The Three Little Pigs Plaza:
Terminix Exterminating, Inc.
Chehardy Sherman Williams Law Firm

The Three Little Pigs Brick House:
Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation

The Three Little Pigs Wood House:
Susan and Bill Hess
in honor of their grandchildren

The Three Little Pigs Straw House:
Jackie and Bruce Shreves AKA "Pops and JJ"
in honor of Teddy and Fritz Newman

Historic City Park Gazebo:
Sally and Walter Cockerham

Mother Goose:
Andrèe, Jay, Bailey, and Kelly Batt

Anansi the Spider:
Chaney Lawrence Phillips, R. Grayson Phillips, Lindsey Noelle Phillips, Kathryn Leigh Thomas, Luke Bennet Thomas - In honor of Dr. Aimee Kathryn Thomas

Bench Sponsors:
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Roy (Kathleen) Morgan
Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation
Julie and Jacque Kuchta
The Larue Family
The Meza Family
Carro, Billy, Cheney, Russell, and Annalee Gardner
Charlie and Shon Baker
Millie and George Borne
Ian, Terri, Alexander, and Luciana Dreyer

Fifer Pig:
Hancock Whitney

Practical Pig:
Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation

Fidler Pig:
Kathleen and Edmund Schrenk

Dr. Kenya L. Messer and Quentin L. Messer, Jr.

Peter Rabbit:
Renee and Paul Masinter
in honor of their daughter Eleanor Grace Masinter - who loves Storyland

Donna and Will Tregre
Jaclyn and Nicholas

Bev and John Church
Lori and Bobby Savoie
Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust
Leigh Morgan Thorpe



The Budweiser Clydesdales spend Carnival each year at the Police Stables at City Park. If you see them walking down Marconi, you can pull over and take a photo but please do not approach the horses.