New Orleans City Park has become an enchanting place for citizens of the The Big Easy since the 1800s,
and now this 1,300-acre outdoor oasis is charming a new generation of park-goers. This legendary park is the one of the oldest
urban parks in the country, and hosts millions of visitors each year. From live concerts, music festivals to family-friendly
events, this park caters to New Orleanians of every age.
Although the park has been a part of the city since 1854, two
major events in New Orleans history have affected this magical park. The first was The Great Depression. IN the 1930s, Roosevelt
invested more than $12 million in New Orleans City Park as part of the Works Progress Administration. It got local people
back to work, employing more than 20,000 New Orleans residents.
Along with improving roadways and building iconic structures
like Tad Gormley Stadium, these men and women also worked to improve the city's most beloved park. The next significant time
in the park's history came after the failure of the levee system caused $43 million worth of damages to the park. But, the
people of New Orleans rallied together and helped return City Park to its original glory. Today, residents can enjoy the beauty
and culture of the park and appreciate 160 years of Louisiana history.
One of the most beloved
aspects of not only City Park, but of the city of New Orleans, is the music that erupts with soulful emotion from The Crescent
City. Jazz was born here, and New Orleans residents take great pride in the music that is nurtured and performed there. The
same goes for City Park. The park has been the site for many exciting live performances over the years—from the early
Creole music from former African slaves to the jazz of Jelly Roll Morton to the hip hop music of today.
Some of the
most exciting musical events in the city take place at this historic park. From the The Louisiana Seafood Festival that offers
patrons the chance to sample more than 30 different kinds of Louisiana seafood while listening to three-days worth of the
city's greatest local musicians to The VooDoo Music + Arts Experience that hosts bands like Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and
Bassnectar to the park's grounds to bring local heavy metal fans three days worth of non-stop music.
Park is situated in the heart of one of the most famous cities in the United States. New Orleans is a historic port city that
has created a Mecca of arts and culture for the most eclectic inhabitants in the country. It was the site of the Civil Rights
struggle and struggled through several devastating hurricanes. But the city, like its residents, is resilient. It has preserved
its unique style through the centuries, and has become a place where locals and residents come to enjoy the fruits of the
artistic spirit. City Park is considered the crown jewel of The Big Easy, finding its way into the personal stories of those
who experience it firsthand.
While City Park has a plethora of grown-up attractions,
perhaps the most catered-to visitors of the scenic venue are children. Some of the most exciting aspects of the park are geared
toward the young and the young at heart. There is an enchanted fairytale land called Storyland where children are greeted
by 25 whimsical sculptures, a storybook-themed playground, a slide that resembles a dragon and a pirate ship fit for Captain
Hook. One of the most exciting attractions is the Carousel Gardens and Amusement Park that offers children and their parents
more than a dozen rides, including a spin on the beautifully hand-carved carousel. And don't' forget the Couturie Forest or
the Botanical Gardens for those budding botanists in your brood.
And if you want to hit the park for a day of quiet
relaxation, enjoying a book or even a nap, then head down to New Orleans City Park to see the world's largest stand of live
oaks. Some of the oaks growing in the park are more than 800-years-old. These distinct trees have been bending and twisting
for so many years, that they have created not only enormous amounts of shade for visitors, but beautiful sculptural formations
that are as beautiful to look at as they are to stand under.
This one-of-a-kind park is not only
an iconic part of New Orleans' rich history, but it has also become a star in its own right, stealing the scene in many TV
shows, films and commercials. Because the park has a variety of unique landscapes and topography, it has become the perfect
backdrop for some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters and America's most beloved television shows. Just since 2008, the park
has been featured in more than three dozen films including The Campaign, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer and Justice for Natalee,
nine TV programs or documentaries including American Horror Story and the Amazing Race and commercials for more than two dozen
products including Fruit of the Loom, Nike and Cadillac.