Hurricane Ida significantly impacted City Park’s celebrated tree canopy, according to park officials. Two weeks after the Category 4 storm made landfall, the park reports strides in addressing fallen trees and removing tons of debris.
“Much more work remains,” park officials said in an email to supporters. “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, home to the world’s largest collection of live oak trees.
Officials warn residents to use caution while exercising and relaxing in the park and to look out for dangling limbs or leaning trees. As park resources are focused on storm recovery, patrons enjoying a meal in the park are asked to take all their trash with them when they leave.
The park is slowly reopening its facilities. As of Friday (Sept. 10), patrons can again rent kayaks, bikes, swan boats and more on Big Lake. Then on Saturday, the Bayou Oaks golf course, Cafe du Monde and the Louisiana Children’s Museum reopened.
More reopenings are scheduled for this week. The schedule is subject to change, however; recovery efforts can be unpredictable. Check ahead before visiting your favorite park attraction.
On Monday (Sept.13), the City Park administrative offices and Christian Brothers School will reopen; canines and their families can again romp in City Bark; and the City Park Tennis Center courts will be open for play.
Storyland and City Putt are set to reopen on Friday. And on Saturday, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is scheduled to open its gates, although the historic wooden carousel is still undergoing repairs.
The Pelican Greenhouse Plant Sales and Wednesday Evenings in the Garden will resume in the near future, park officials report.
The cost of Hurricane Ida repairs to the park, which receives limited public funds, is estimated at $1 million or more. To donate to the park’s Disaster Relief Fund, click here. To volunteer for upcoming recovery projects, register here.