New Orleans City Park (Images of America)

~Rebirth: 2005-2010~

~The Bayou, Road, Oaks, and Native Americans: 1400-1769~
~Plantation to Peristyle: 1770-1907~
~Expansion and Modernization: 1908-1928~
~The New Deal: 1929-1939~
~Children & Friends: 1940-2004~
~Rebirth: 2005-2010~
~The People Behind the Names: Donors, Benefactors, and Patrons~
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On March 29, 2005 the Board of Commissioners approved City Park 2018 – a Master Plan for improvements over the next 13 years. Its completion would coincide with the 300th anniversary of the City of New Orleans. On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina made her unwanted and devastating arrival. A look at the park in the weeks that followed broke the hearts of many but CPIA never lost sight of the Plan – it is being implemented as written before Katrina.

In the days immediately following Katrina, flooding from poorly engineered levees and canal walls devastated 80% of the city. Flood water up to eight feet deep in sections of the park sat for as long as three weeks. The flooded park can be seen in the center of this NASA photograph (surrounded by the flooded city). Damage to the park was massive – 122 buildings, 2000 trees, grass, and 2,000 varieties of plants from around the world. 90% of the park was flooded sustaining $43 million in damages. Operations at the park ceased and the staff was laid off.

The park's recovery has been made possible by civic, business, and private contributions of blood, sweat, tears, money, and hard physical work. Thousands of people, New Orleanians and volunteers from around the world, came to its rescue. While still a bit on the mend as this book was completed City Park is once again a jewel.  (NASA)


The images in this book appear courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL), Louisiana Digital Library (LDL), the Library of Congress (LOC), The Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC), Pictometry International (PI), and D.C. "Infrogmation" May (DCM). Unless otherwise noted, images are from the author's collection.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book is dedicated to Friends of City Park.

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