New Orleans City Park (Images of America)

2007 - Amusement Park & Horses are Flying Again


After over $3 million worth of improvements including several new rides, the Amusement Park resumed seasonal operations on Saturday, March 3, 2006 – 18 months after the storm. A post-Katrina marker is located just inside the entrance gates of the Carousel Garden indicating “Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005 reached the bottom of this sign”. (DCM)


The Schoen fountain and golf clubhouse were demolished in 2008. In that year the park continued its $46,800,000 recovery. New sidewalks along City Park Avenue and 19 construction and renovation projects including the restoration of Pan American Stadium were undertaken. In 2009, public support for the park amounted to approximately 19% of the total operating budget. Although receiving support from the city no operating funds were provided but some operating assistance came from the state. The park was left with the prospect of raising 81% of the operating funds through self- generated revenue. But the Master Plan was on track – having raised $64 million of the $140 million plan and Friends was awarded a $50,000 grant to restore Couturie Forest. In 2010 the Mercedez Benz Corporation funded landscaping around new Administration building. In December of 2010 along with Celebration in the Oaks (pictured), 70 tons of man-made snow delighted New Orleans children in City Park. (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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