Near the south East corner of the city park you can see a monument (a sculpture) dedicated to the city after the Katrina catastrophe, showing pride and courage of the locals, their love to their city.
It is not exactly a style I like, but it is there, kitsch and nice (picture 1), a witness of the strength of the city (picture 2), . . . still standing!
When you visit this monument enjoy also the nearby flowers (picture 3)
I rented a bicycle to go to Lake Pontchartrain, a wednesday morning, and decided to visit the Museum of art on the way there; the museum is located in the City Park, and I spent some time there before visiting the museum, enjoying the nice landscapes, the “wildlife” and discovering the huge oak trees of this park; these trees grow here in open space and are as wide as they are tall ! (picture 2).
There are beautiful flowers in the park, like these Iris (picture 3), sometimes like “wild” near the water ponds or small lakes, or grouped in nice parterres (picture 1), making this place really relaxing. If you like birds, you will not be deceived, as many water birds live here or like to make a stop here during their peregrinations, like these cormorants (picture 4), or just pay a visit to their friends like this crested heron looking how the turtles climb on trees (picture 5).
The city park is an excellent place for forgetting a bit the hustle and bustles of the city and have a “green moment” before or after a visit to the Museum of Art.
Those who are interested can rent boats or bikes during week ends.
This was a great surprise! After visiting the Museum of Art we noticed this beautiful Sculpture Garden right next to it. Among the footpaths there are about 50 sculptures made by artists from all over the world. Dont skip the small signs that give information about the artist, his work and a bit of description of what you see, oh yes, modern art is something confusing sometimes outside of the artist’s mind :)
Some of them were weird, some other really interesting. There are many benches to relax for a while under the shade of the tall trees.
The entrance is free to the public.
The Sydney and Walda Besthoff sculpture Garden is open daily(weather permitting) 10.00-16.45(Wednesday till dusk), closed all legal holidays
We visited the City Park for the Art Museum but we finally spent a lot of time at the park too because it’s a great place to be in the morning. Apart from the great museum there is also a Sculpture Garden and a lot of gardens and other green areas to relax, have a picnic, check the Popp’s fountan, rent a pedal boat for a ride on the big lake or just feed the ducks at the smaller ones. I’ve heard the Katrina destroyed many of the park’s trees but we had the feeling we were walking on a brand new park.
We sure loved the calmness of the park, so different from the bustle of the city. The park is very big, there are so many things to do here, there a golf area, tennis courts, fishing corners, a stadium, a dog park etc
We just saw a small part of it and if the heat was a bit lower we could done more. Of course, as in every big park it’s ideal for people that love jogging or cycling.
Sometimes they have evening jazz concerts at the botanic garden
The 'Tours by Isabelle City and Garden Combo' included a spin around City Park, where 1300 acres of public space includes The New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden, Storyland, the Carousel Amusement Park and a Botanical Garden*.
Although we did not visit any of these places, the story behind its recovery after Hurricane Katrina was interesting. Our guide told us that following the storm, the birds departed from the area and only a resident swan named SWANNY remained. So that SWANNY would have company, someone kindly donated 3 or 4 swans to the park.
The brackish water flowing through the canals crept up to the steps of the New Orleans Museum of Art, but thankfully did not infiltrate the museum itself, where inside many masterpieces await the visitor.
Only the mature trees were strong enough to 'hang tough' but the bushes, flowers and other greenery were washed away. Master Gardeners from the area determined to bring beauty back to the park, donated their time in restoring the garden areas.
Although losing countless numbers of small trees, City Park still has the largest collection of live oaks around. A rotary club provided additional live oak trees and replaced crepe myrtle and palmetto palms, which was greatly appreciated.
Since City Park's machinery was destroyed in the flood, locals brought their own mowers to help with the maintance of the expansive grounds once grass began to grow again. For a time, the park's acreage was left a dull brown with only larger trees dotting the landscape. Those who gave their time mowing called themselves the 'Mowrons'.
Today the park is green and the various amusement areas are receiving visitors again. I thought the story of City Park's resurrection was a great one to share!
*For hours, prices and other info. go to website below.
After a lunch at Acme Oyster House, we caught a cab to the Carousel Gardens at City Park. The girls and I got wristbands for $15/each and rode all the rides we wanted. The place was packed with little ones having a great time, but the lines weren't long, and moved quickly. It was really good to see the progress made in the park.
The carousel was not yet up and running, but the roller coaster, the scrambler, bumper cars, the tug boat and the fun slide kept the girls entertained. It was a lot of fun chasing them in the bumper cars. The train ride provided a good opportunity to view all of the good progress made since Katrina, and also show some areas that are still being worked on. The swans on the lake were beautiful. The girls found a few wonderful trees to climb, and I got a few really good pictures. Before we left, we strolled through the sculpture garden (free admission) to take in some art.
You could spend several days enjoying City Park and New Orleans Museum of Art and all that they have to offer!
You there yet...? go out into that big field you see as you are coming in to the park... lay down... I know, you were wondering if we had any wide open space up in here... drink it up before you get back into the lovely but little and striated village atmosphere of the Quarter, Bywater, etc...
Walk amongst those massive oaks, baby...
City Park was flooded following Katrina, and winds blew down a few trees, but the park appeared to be making its own come back at the time we drove through. Fundraising efforts during X-mas tried to raise some cash for restoration, but mostly the park was empty of visitors at the corner near Esplanade. Aububon Park, which we didn't have time to visit at all, was spared and has a reputation for having more to do anyway. Thus, New Orleans has two large city parks, in addition to numberous smaller parks and plazas scattered throughout the older parts of the city.
There is a marker in the park which says:
First sited as Indian portage to Lake Pontchartrain and Gulf in 1699 by Bienville and Iberville. Founded by Bienville in 1718; named by him in honor of the Duke of Orleans, Regent of France. Called the Crescent City because of location in bend of the Mississippi.
City Park operates on self-generated revenue. It has been closed since the hurricane and activities have been canceled because there is no revenue. Volunteers are being solicited for cleanup. The current temporary office address is:
New Orleans City Park
c/o State Library of Louisiana
701 N. 4th Street
Baton Rouge LA 70802
The Celebration of the Oaks is on a smaller scale this year (just a walking tour). The Botanical Garden has a 'wish list' but mail and delivery services are currently unavailable in the City Park section of New Orleans.
If you click on the link, there are pictures of the storm damage
City Park in the Mid City / Bayou Saint John area is large, beautiful, with a nice museum, and a (free) outdoor sculpture garden (until 5 pm nightly). There are canoes to rent, places to run & picnic, and a ton of shade (if you come in the summer).
take the Red streetcar to the end at City Park
alot smaller than City Park but beautiful just the same. The main attraction here is the Audubon Zoo - EXCELLENT!!!
take the Green streetcar to Uptown / University area
I began helping a fellow Clergman do weddings in 2003 and next thing I knew I was also doing weddings in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The rules have changed and visitors can be married after they get a license. Many people get married either in the French Quarter or in City Park. See the web page below for details.
I've visted the Botanical Gardens in the city park and was impressed by its lay-out, its beauty and diversity. The Garden contains a Herb Garden, a Frienship Garden, a Butterfly Garden, a Japanese Garden (under construction), a large Palm Garden and much more. It is the first garden I have seen with a "train garden": in a garden lay-out that mimics the lay out of New Orleans itself, small copies of past and actual trains and streetcars run. A must see for every garden lover, train lover and child.
These large stone lions sit along a pavillion on the water front in the New Orleans City Park. They are one of many sculptures and attractions in the park and the botanical gardens. As I mentioned in the previous tip this park is a nice alternative to the typical New Orleans tourist attraction.
The New Orleans City park is the fifth largest urban city park in the United States. Although I did not find it written about in many tourist guides I found it to be a beautiful park. There is a botanical gardens in the park which are beautiful. The park offers a nice alternative to all of the hustle and crowds of Bourbon Street. We spent a very nice relaxing afternoon visiting this park. Also located at the park is the New Orleans Museum of Art.
This is a lovely place, and very green in the summer. Filled with flora from all over the world, designed in the WPA and art deco period, it is a quiet respite from the noise and activity of Bourbon Street.