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<ul><li><p>New Orleans City Park </p><p>Annual Report </p><p>Fiscal Year: 2013-2014 </p></li><li><p>"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." </p><p> William Shakespeare </p><p>Nature is the common thread in City Park's mission to </p><p>preserve and improve our park for recreational, </p><p>educational, cultural, and beautification purposes. </p><p>Whether it's the dancing, sprawling shade of our </p><p>mature live oaks or the unique sculptural elements </p><p>found at every turn or the distinct rallying cry of a team </p><p>scoring on the field, City Park's 1,300 acres of outdoor </p><p>space provides a magnificent backdrop. </p><p>As one of the nation's oldest urban parks, City Park is a </p><p>beauty growing stronger and more vibrant by the year. </p><p>History whispers from the 800-year-old grand oak, the </p><p>dancing platform of the Peristyle, and the antique </p><p>Carousel's hand-painted, wooden "flying horses." The </p><p>present beckons visitors to experience the blooms of </p><p>the Botanical Garden, to traverse miles of biking, </p><p>jogging, and walking paths, and to explore modern art </p><p>in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. </p><p>Today's City Park is a testament to the strength of our </p><p>community and our commitment to preserving and </p><p>improving this vital resource. From the serenity of </p><p>Couturie Forest to the camaraderie of sportsmanship to </p><p>spirited live music, City Park offers something for </p><p>everyone. Drop by to discover this gorgeous live </p><p>performance, 160 years in the making. </p></li><li><p>We are pleased to present the New Orleans City </p><p>Park Annual Report covering the fiscal year which </p><p>began on July 1, 2013, and ended on June 30, </p><p>2014. </p><p>The Park continued its recovery from Hurricane </p><p>Katrina and the implementation of its Master Plan. </p><p>We celebrated the one year anniversary of our </p><p>miniature golf complex, City Putt, inaugurated a </p><p>new concert program on the Great Lawn- The </p><p>Happy 3rd of July celebration, finished converting </p><p>the lights at Celebration in the Oaks to 100% LED </p><p>fixtures, and held our first Earth Day event in the </p><p>Botanical Garden, as well as holding all of the </p><p>other great events, festivals, and races which are </p><p>part of our normal activities. </p><p>The Park received a 2014 Certificate of </p><p>Excellence from Trip Advisor for consistently </p><p>rating 4.5 stars out of a possible 5, took home five </p><p>Best of Awards from Gambit readers, ranked in </p><p>the top ten Amusement Parks in the country by </p><p>Mensa, and received AARPs Great Places in </p><p>Louisiana award. </p><p>The attached report highlights these, and other </p><p>activities, and gives an account of our financial </p><p>performance during the fiscal year. We hope you </p><p>find the information useful and informative. </p><p>William D. Hoffman Robert W. Becker Ph.D. </p><p>President Chief Executive Officer </p></li><li><p>JULY 2013 to JUNE 2014: What a year! </p><p>City Park knocked it out of the park on so many levels ... </p><p>More than 3,900 volunteers clocked 11,745 hours of </p><p>planting, cleaning, and Park beautification. </p><p>"Best Place for a First Date" was just one of the five Gambit Best of Awards City Park scored </p><p>in the coveted annual list. (In case the romance doesn't pan out, we also picked up </p><p>"Best Place to Break-up.") </p><p>City Park's stunning coffee table book, Magnificent Balance of Art, Nature &amp; Play, by writer </p><p>and photographer Kerri McCaffety, was published in November 2013. </p><p>Eco-friendly LED lights launched at Celebration in the Oaks every single strand of bulbs </p><p>supports our ongoing efforts to keep the Park green. </p><p>Every day is Earth Day at City Park, and our official, </p><p>inaugural celebration was a resounding success. </p><p>The Allstate Sugar Bowl Track &amp; Field Meet brought 2,100 students </p><p>from 89 schools and 7 states to City Park. </p><p>City Park picked up a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and the </p><p>Park ranked #4 out of 643 New Orleans attractions. </p><p>Shutterbugs swarmed City Park with more than 750 entries </p><p>submitted to our first photo contest. </p><p>The smart folks of Mensa ranked Carousel Gardens #6 in a list of </p><p>Top 10 Amusement Parks in the country. </p></li><li><p>New Orleans City Park </p><p>Mission Statement: </p><p>Preserve and improve City Park </p><p>spaces for recreational, </p><p>educational, cultural, and </p><p>beautification purposes. </p></li><li><p>Preserve and improve City Park spaces for recreational, </p><p>educational, cultural, and beautification purposes. </p><p>City Putt hosted more </p><p>than 100K rounds of mini </p><p>golf by its 1 year </p><p>anniversary in May 2014. </p><p>City Parks breathtaking, </p><p>historic grove of mature </p><p>live oaksand the cool </p><p>shade they provide</p><p>continues to top lists of </p><p>the best spots in New </p><p>Orleans. From a distance, you </p><p>can hear the roar of </p><p>Friday night </p><p>football crowds at </p><p>Pan American </p><p>Stadium. </p><p>Visitors love to pedal and paddle! Wheel Fun </p><p>on Big Lake had an excellent year of boat and </p><p>bike rentals. </p><p>Golf meets gorgeous: </p><p>a wildflower field added a </p><p>touch of colorful whimsy to </p><p>City Parks range. </p></li><li><p>A world-class Park inspires </p><p>community service. More </p><p>than 3,900 volunteers pitched </p><p>in at City Park between July </p><p>2013 and June 2014. </p><p>In the swing of things: </p><p>free-spirited fun is the </p><p>cornerstone of recreational </p><p>fun at City Park. </p><p>Soccer fans and players had a ball on </p><p>the soccer fields near the Matt Savoie </p><p>Soccer Complex. </p><p>Tourists and locals alike love to raise a racket at the </p><p>City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center, which features 26 </p><p>lighted courts, a practice court with two backboards, </p><p>and a locker room with showers for players. </p></li><li><p>Preserve and improve City Park spaces for recreational, </p><p>educational, cultural, and beautification purposes. </p><p>The Grow Dat Youth Farm empowers and </p><p>educates young leaders through the rewarding </p><p>work of growing good-for-you food. </p><p>Not just another pretty facethe New </p><p>Orleans Botanical Garden offers classes </p><p>for kids, lectures for adults, and tours </p><p>for everyone. </p><p>The Louisiana Outdoors Outreach Program </p><p>(LOOP) offers life-changing, vital outdoor </p><p>experiences to the youth of the Greater </p><p>New Orleans area. </p></li><li><p>Earth Day?! It happens 365 days a year at City Park. </p><p>On April 22, we hosted our first </p><p>Annual Earth Day event. </p><p>Everything youve ever wanted to know about City Park</p><p>from tree tops to bayou bottoms to stories </p><p>past to the revitalized presentis delivered to </p><p>you in a new, easy to navigate website. </p><p>NewOrleansCityPark.com </p><p>City Park knows that the best </p><p>classroom in the world is in the </p><p>great outdoors. Learn about </p><p>flowers, food, composting, and </p><p>more while you're at the Park. </p></li><li><p>Preserve and improve City Park spaces for recreational, </p><p>educational, cultural, and beautification purposes. </p><p>Theres always </p><p>music in the air at </p><p>City Park! The </p><p>Singing Oak chimes </p><p>ring a melodic </p><p>scale at the </p><p>slightest breeze </p><p>at Big Lake. </p><p>The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras free </p><p>springtime concert series at the Peristyle and </p><p>Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn is a seasonal </p><p>tradition. </p><p>Celebration in the Oaks is one of New </p><p>Orleans most iconic holiday traditions. </p><p>The month-long lights </p><p>spectacular attracts </p><p>visitors from all 50 states. </p><p>Some of our favorite </p><p>words: Hot. Beignets. </p><p>Everyday. All day. </p><p>Our 100-year-old </p><p>hand-carved and </p><p>hand-painted Carousel </p><p>is one-of-a-kind in Louisiana </p><p>and the crown jewel of the </p><p>Carousel Gardens </p><p>Amusement Park. </p></li><li><p>Our Happy 3rd of July musical </p><p>event brings the Marine Corps </p><p>bands patriotic tribute and a </p><p>striking display of fireworks </p><p>from the top of the Peristyle. </p><p>Jazz, blues, brass, swing, you name </p><p>it and its at the Park. Thursdays at </p><p>Twilight draws music lovers of all </p><p>types to enjoy some of </p><p>New Orleans best musicians. </p><p>New Orleans distinct culture is woven into everyday </p><p>experiences of City Park, from public art and historic </p><p>architecture to live music series and festivals. </p><p>We love being neighbors </p><p>with the New Orleans </p><p>Museum of Art and </p><p>the Sydney and </p><p>Walda Besthoff </p><p>Sculpture Garden. </p></li><li><p>Preserve and improve City Park spaces for recreational, </p><p>educational, cultural, and beautification purposes. The famous Peristyle is one of the oldest and </p><p>most recognized architectural structures in City </p><p>Park. Built in 1907, as an elegant platform for </p><p>dances, the Peristyle is a popular wedding </p><p>ceremony destination in New Orleans. </p><p>City Parks nature trails and thriving </p><p>waterways are home to myriad </p><p>varieties of trees, fish, and birds. </p><p>Picturesque Spanish moss drapes many of </p><p>City Parks 25,000 trees. </p><p>City Parks wildflower fields burst with blooming color and </p><p>provide a gorgeous backdrop to delight visitors. </p></li><li><p>WPA sculptor Enrique Alferezs </p><p>leaping dolphin sculpture is a </p><p>dynamic, aquatic centerpiece to </p><p>the magnificent Popp Fountain. </p><p>Popps Bandstand </p><p>is a popular and </p><p>unique site. </p><p>Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. </p><p> -Ralph Waldo Emerson </p><p>One of many old stone bridges in </p><p>City Park, the Langles Bridge is a </p><p>favorite photo subject </p><p>for many visitors. </p></li><li><p>When one tugs at a single thing in nature, </p><p>he finds it attached to the rest of the world. </p><p>-John Muir </p><p>New Orleans City Park </p><p>1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124 </p><p>#iheartcitypark </p><p>For more information on the Park, or on how to volunteer </p><p>or donate, please visit NewOrleansCityPark.com </p><p>or call 504-259-1509. </p></li></ul>