parks and greenspace recovery

As City Park picks up the pieces, its attractions are reopening

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 Read More…

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With the reopening of Carousel Gardens, all City Park attractions are back

The Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is the final City Park attraction to reopen after the long pandemic closures. Children and the young at heart can begin enjoying the amusement park — though without the historic carousel it is named after — on Saturday (July 3).  Its reopening means that all of the attractions in the Read More…

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Classic floats take their place among the oaks in City Park

A multi-krewe Carnival parade — without the bands, dance troupes or the riders — rolled into City Park on Tuesday for the “Floats in the Oaks” fundraiser event that began Thursday and will run through Sunday, Feb. 14. “Floats in the Oaks” lets visitors to view iconic floats from their favorite Mardi Gras krewes all Read More…

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City Park warns of zombie-like raccoons with distemper, WWL-TV reports

City Park’s raccoon population is infected with canine distemper, posing a threat to dogs and cats but not to humans, WWL-TV has reported. City Park officials brought in Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries to investigate reports of erratic raccoon behavior, such as disorientation and wandering aimlessly, and they confirmed the animals are sick with distemper. Dog Read More…

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City Park names new CEO, announces Bob Becker’s retirement

The New Orleans City Park Board of Directors announced Thursday (Jan. 14) that a new chief executive officer will take the reins of the 167-year-old park starting in February. Following an extensive national search, park officials tapped Cara Lambright, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Memorial Park Conservancy in Houston, to replace Read More…

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Two arrested in Storyland vandalism estimated to cost more than $10,000 in repairs

Two people have been arrested in the vandalism of City Park’s historic Storyland and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, the New Orleans Police Department reported. The destruction will cost more than $10,000 to repair, according to City Park officials. Monica Okada, 22, was arrested Oct. 8 at her Kenner home and remained jailed Monday morning in Read More…