New Orleans City Park (Images of America)

13,000 Volunteers Invested over 66,000 Hours


“Over 13,000 volunteers have invested over 66,000 hours (the equivalent of 32 people working full time for one year) to help restore the park. The cash value of their donated hours totals $1.2 million. They have picked up trash, removed tree limbs, painted fences, strung lights, potted plants, dug holes, entered data, you name it – they have done it.” – Park Chief Development Officer John Hopper. Pictured is the museum reopening in March, 2006. (DCM)


Before Katrina the park employed 260 people – in the weeks after only 23 until a $1,000,000 donation from the Azby Fund allowed for rehiring some staff, replacement of electrical systems, and Botanical Garden clearing and replanting. The brightest moment in 2005 was the Katrina Celebration in the Oaks in December some 3 ½ months after the storm which included, for the first time, the beloved Mr. Bingle (pictured). (DCM)

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~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~
Photo Gallery

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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