The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) enjoys being in beautiful City Park, but NOMA and City Park are separate entities.
City Park is a unique state agency of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism operated by the non-profit City Park Improvement Association (CPIA).
The land occupied by City Park is owned by the City of New Orleans.
City Park traditionally received little or no public operating support. Following Hurricane Katrina, however, the Park has started to receive some operating assistance from the State of Louisiana. The Park receives capitol support from City of New Orleans but no operating funds. In 2009, this public support amounted to approximately 19% of our total operating budget. We must raise 81% of our operating funds through self- generated revenue.
Once the site of Allard Plantation facing Bayou St. John, City Park’s 1,300 acres offer visitors a sample of the city’s riches both in fine art and natural splendor. City Park is home of the largest collection of mature live oaks in the world. Trees in the oldest grove are over 600 years old.
CPIA was established in 1891 to provide for the improvement of City Park. The Louisiana Legislature placed City Park under the control of CPIA in 1896 and invested it with the authority to operate and develop the park.
Spanning the transition in art and architecture between Neo-Classical revival and Art Deco styles, the park’s bridges, buildings and outdoor sculptures are a constant source of delight to visitors.
The first parcel of land was acquired in 1854, making it one of the country’s oldest parks. A series of expansions over time have expanded City Park to its present size.
At 1,300 acres, City Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country.
Today’s City Park is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational activities, attractions for children, and its natural beauty. City Park has a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must visit for visitors to the city. A popular place to picnic, play a favorite sport, wander through its gardens or take a boat ride, the park hosts millions of visitors each year. It is located in the heart of the city and is the largest recreation area for the entire metropolitan area.
City Park’s attractions include the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland Fairytale Playground, and the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park delight visitors of all ages. There’s also a golf course, frisbee golf area and tennis courts. The hundreds of acres of park land provide enjoyment for young children playing on our playgrounds and walkers, joggers, and bicyclists winding through the park’s streets and trails.
For more information, please call (504) 482-4888 or visit www.neworleanscitypark.com