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  • New Orleans City Park

    Annual Report

    Fiscal Year: 2013-2014

  • "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."

    William Shakespeare

    Nature is the common thread in City Park's mission to

    preserve and improve our park for recreational,

    educational, cultural, and beautification purposes.

    Whether it's the dancing, sprawling shade of our

    mature live oaks or the unique sculptural elements

    found at every turn or the distinct rallying cry of a team

    scoring on the field, City Park's 1,300 acres of outdoor

    space provides a magnificent backdrop.

    As one of the nation's oldest urban parks, City Park is a

    beauty growing stronger and more vibrant by the year.

    History whispers from the 800-year-old grand oak, the

    dancing platform of the Peristyle, and the antique

    Carousel's hand-painted, wooden "flying horses." The

    present beckons visitors to experience the blooms of

    the Botanical Garden, to traverse miles of biking,

    jogging, and walking paths, and to explore modern art

    in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

    Today's City Park is a testament to the strength of our

    community and our commitment to preserving and

    improving this vital resource. From the serenity of

    Couturie Forest to the camaraderie of sportsmanship to

    spirited live music, City Park offers something for

    everyone. Drop by to discover this gorgeous live

    performance, 160 years in the making.

  • We are pleased to present the New Orleans City

    Park Annual Report covering the fiscal year which

    began on July 1, 2013, and ended on June 30,


    The Park continued its recovery from Hurricane

    Katrina and the implementation of its Master Plan.

    We celebrated the one year anniversary of our

    miniature golf complex, City Putt, inaugurated a

    new concert program on the Great Lawn- The

    Happy 3rd of July celebration, finished converting

    the lights at Celebration in the Oaks to 100% LED

    fixtures, and held our first Earth Day event in the

    Botanical Garden, as well as holding all of the

    other great events, festivals, and races which are

    part of our normal activities.

    The Park received a 2014 Certificate of

    Excellence from Trip Advisor for consistently

    rating 4.5 stars out of a possible 5, took home five

    Best of Awards from Gambit readers, ranked in

    the top ten Amusement Parks in the country by

    Mensa, and received AARPs Great Places in

    Louisiana award.

    The attached report highlights these, and other

    activities, and gives an account of our financial

    performance during the fiscal year. We hope you

    find the information useful and informative.

    William D. Hoffman Robert W. Becker Ph.D.

    President Chief Executive Officer

  • JULY 2013 to JUNE 2014: What a year!

    City Park knocked it out of the park on so many levels ...

    More than 3,900 volunteers clocked 11,745 hours of

    planting, cleaning, and Park beautification.

    "Best Place for a First Date" was just one of the five Gambit Best of Awards City Park scored

    in the coveted annual list. (In case the romance doesn't pan out, we also picked up

    "Best Place to Break-up.")

    City Park's stunning coffee table book, Magnificent Balance of Art, Nature & Play, by writer

    and photographer Kerri McCaffety, was published in November 2013.

    Eco-friendly LED lights launched at Celebration in the Oaks every single strand of bulbs

    supports our ongoing efforts to keep the Park green.

    Every day is Earth Day at City Park, and our official,

    inaugural celebration was a resounding success.

    The Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Meet brought 2,100 students

    from 89 schools and 7 states to City Park.

    City Park picked up a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and the

    Park ranked #4 out of 643 New Orleans attractions.

    Shutterbugs swarmed City Park with more than 750 entries

    submitted to our first photo contest.

    The smart folks of Mensa ranked Carousel Gardens #6 in a list of

    Top 10 Amusement Parks in the country.

  • New Orleans City Park

    Mission Statement:

    Preserve and improve City Park

    spaces for recreational,

    educational, cultural, and

    beautification purposes.

  • Preserve and improve City Park spaces for recreational,

    educational, cultural, and beautification purposes.

    City Putt hosted more

    than 100K rounds of mini

    golf by its 1 year

    anniversary in May 2014.

    City Parks breathtaking,

    historic grove of mature

    live oaksand the cool

    shade they provide

    continues to top lists of

    the best spots in New

    Orleans. From a distance, you

    can hear the roar of

    Friday night

    football crowds at

    Pan American


    Visitors love to pedal and paddle! Wheel Fun

    on Big Lake had an excellent year of boat and

    bike rentals.

    Golf meets gorgeous:

    a wildflower field added a

    touch of colorful whimsy to

    City Parks range.

  • A world-class Park inspires

    community service. More

    than 3,900 volunteers pitched

    in at City Park between July

    2013 and June 2014.

    In the swing of things:

    free-spirited fun is the

    cornerstone of recreational

    fun at City Park.

    Soccer fans and players had a ball on

    the soccer fields near the Matt Savoie

    Soccer Complex.

    Tourists and locals alike love to raise a racket at the

    City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center, which features 26

    lighted courts, a practice court with two backboards,

    and a locker room with showers for players.

  • Preserve and improve City Park spaces for recreational,

    educational, cultural, and beautification purposes.

    The Grow Dat Youth Farm empowers and

    educates young leaders through the rewarding

    work of growing good-for-you food.

    Not just another pretty facethe New

    Orleans Botanical Garden offers classes

    for kids, lectures for adults, and tours

    for everyone.

    The Louisiana Outdoors Outreach Program

    (LOOP) offers life-changing, vital outdoor

    experiences to the youth of the Greater

    New Orleans area.

  • Earth Day?! It happens 365 days a year at City Park.

    On April 22, we hosted our first

    Annual Earth Day event.

    Everything youve ever wanted to know about City Park

    from tree tops to bayou bottoms to stories

    past to the revitalized presentis delivered to

    you in a new, easy to navigate website.

    City Park knows that the best

    classroom in the world is in the

    great outdoors. Learn about

    flowers, food, composting, and

    more while you're at the Park.

  • Preserve and improve City Park spaces for recreational,

    educational, cultural, and beautification purposes.

    Theres always

    music in the air at

    City Park! The

    Singing Oak chimes

    ring a melodic

    scale at the

    slightest breeze

    at Big Lake.

    The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras free

    springtime concert series at the Peristyle and

    Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn is a seasonal


    Celebration in the Oaks is one of New

    Orleans most iconic holiday traditions.

    The month-long lights

    spectacular attracts

    visitors from all 50 states.

    Some of our favorite

    words: Hot. Beignets.

    Everyday. All day.

    Our 100-year-old

    hand-carved and

    hand-painted Carousel

    is one-of-a-kind in Louisiana

    and the crown jewel of the

    Carousel Gardens

    Amusement Park.

  • Our Happy 3rd of July musical

    event brings the Marine Corps

    bands patriotic tribute and a

    striking display of fireworks

    from the top of the Peristyle.

    Jazz, blues, brass, swing, you name

    it and its at the Park. Thursdays at

    Twilight draws music lovers of all

    types to enjoy some of

    New Orleans best musicians.

    New Orleans distinct culture is woven into everyday

    experiences of City Park, from public art and historic

    architecture to live music series and festivals.

    We love being neighbors

    with the New Orleans

    Museum of Art and

    the Sydney and

    Walda Besthoff

    Sculpture Garden.

  • Preserve and improve City Park spaces for recreational,

    educational, cultural, and beautification purposes. The famous Peristyle is one of the oldest and

    most recognized architectural structures in City

    Park. Built in 1907, as an elegant platform for

    dances, the Peristyle is a popular wedding

    ceremony destination in New Orleans.

    City Parks nature trails and thriving