New Orleans City Park
Explore New Orleans City Park
City Park, a
1300 acre public park in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the 6th-largest
and 7th-most-visited city park in the United States. Although it is
an urban park whose land is owned by the City of New Orleans, it is
operated by a state agency, the Louisiana Department of Culture,
Recreation, and Tourism. The Park is very unusual in that it is a
public park majority funded by self-generated revenue through user
fees and donations with nominal funding by the state of Louisiana.
City Park has dozens of attractions that touch
the lives of nearly every Greater New Orleans resident.
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park
Features a miniature train ride, roller coaster, several flat rides,
and one of the few remaining antique, carved wooden carousels in the
country. The carousel turned 100 years old in 2006.
A children�s fairy tale theme playground that features twenty-six
larger than life storybook exhibits for kids to climb on, slide
down, or pretend within.
New Orleans Botanical Garden
A lush 13-acre site containing a large collection of temperate,
tropical, and semitropical plants. The Garden is also home to the
New Orleans Historic Train Garden, a G-scale model railroad exhibit
with houses representing the various neighborhoods of the city
recreated in twigs, bark, and other plant parts.
Celebration in the Oaks
A popular holiday light and entertainment extravaganza that
generates 13 percent of the park�s annual operating budget. The
event included a two-mile driving tour of exhibits placed throughout
the park and a separate walking tour of the Botanical Garden,
Storyland, and the Amusement Park. As of the 2007 Christmas season,
only the walking tour has returned.
New Orleans Museum of Art
The New Orleans Museum of Art is considered one of the finest
museums in the South.
Sidney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Opened in 2003, the Besthoff Sculpture garden features over 30 works
of world-renowned sculptures in a beautifully landscaped area
featuring mature live oak trees.
Weddings & Catering
Venues within the park host hundreds of weddings and other functions
throughout the year. The park is the largest non-hotel caterer in
The Peristyle, Popp Bandstand, The Casino Building and Popp Fountain
were constructed between 1907 and 1917.
Bayou Oaks Golf Courses
The Park boasts three 18-hole golf courses, one of which was once
home to the city�s PGA tournament. The courses are under
renovation, one of which has opened since the Katrina.
Bayou Oaks Driving Range
A 100-tee, double decker driving range. It is up and running
following Hurricane Katrina
Softball and Soccer
The park more than a dozen softball and soccer fields.
Tad Gormley Stadium
This multipurpose stadium seats 26,500 and was built by the Works
Progress Administration. It was renovated for the 1992 US Olympic
Track and Field Trials and in July 2005, was home to the Jr.
Olympics track and field competitions. After Reggie Bush was drafted
by the New Orleans Saints in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he
donated over $80,000 to repair the field so high school football
teams had a place to compete. Although it is Tad Gormley Stadium,
the field is recognized as Reggie Bush Field.
Pan American Stadium
A 5,000 seat stadium, home to many high school football games.
The 400-meter, international track was designed as a practice track
for the 1992 US Olympic Track & Field Trials.
The City Park Tennis Center, featuring rubico and hard courts, is
one of the largest municipal tennis facilities in the South.
Boating and Fishing
The Park features 11 miles of lagoons, lakes and Bayou�s stocked
with a wide variety of fish including bass. Boating is currently
closed. Fishing is allowed seasonally. The Park also hosts an
annual; Fishing Rodeo- one of the oldest in the nation.
Equest Farm offers boarding for horses, parties, and equestrian
lessons. The park also houses the stables for Police horses.
City Park was established in the 19th century
on the land fronting Metairie Road (now City Park Avenue) along the
remains of Bayou Metairie, a former distributary of the Mississippi
River, but originally only went back a block or two in distance, as
swamp ground extended from there to Lake Pontchartrain. After this
area was drained in the mid 20th century, City Park was expanded.
Substantial improvements were made to the park
by the Works Progress Administration, including many sculptures by
Enrique Alferez. It is one of the 10 largest urban parks in the
country and holds the world's largest collection of mature live oak
trees, some older than 600 years. Its founding in 1853 makes also
makes it one of the oldest parks in the country.
Hurricane Katrina did extensive damage to the
park, first by the winds toppling an estimated 1,000 trees and
damaging many more. After the failure of several floodwalls, the
park flooded with 1 to 10 feet of water which sat for two to four
weeks, damaging all buildings, amusement rides, maintenance
equipment, electrical systems, vehicles, and causing the death of
more trees and landscaping including nearly the entire plant
collection in the New Orleans Botanical Garden.
Currently, the park is recovering, repairing
old attractions and adding new ones as well. The Amusement Park has
recently reopened, featuring new rides; such as the Scrambler, The
Construction Zone, a new kiddie ride, and a new larger Ferris wheel.
For over a century New Orleanians have
picnicked under the graceful limbs of City Park�s ancient oaks.
Today, picnic planners may choose from Popp Fountain, the Peristyle,
Marconi Meadow and five picnic shelters for events ranging from 50
to 50,000 guests.
Leave the charcoal at home! Allow City Park
Catering to prepare a Cajun Fais-Do-Do with jambalaya and freshly
boiled crawfish or an All American barbecue of grilled ribs, chicken
and burgers. Staff can also coordinate rentals of additional party
items including tents, tables, chairs, children's play equipment,
dunking booths and snowball stands.
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