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
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.