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New Orleans City Park After Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans City Park is a vast green space in the middle of New Orleans known for its many live oaks, over 1000 with 249 of them being registered with the Live Oak Society. The Park has a beautiful Botanical Garden and a Storyland for children. It is a haven for waterfowl and wildlife. It is self supporting and receives no money from the city, state or federal government.
Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, did much wind damage to the Park. However, the greater damage was done when a floodwall on a drainage canal broke and poured billions of gallons of water from Lake Pontchartrain into the Park. The water remained for almost 20 days at some levels of six to eight feet and when it subsided it left a muddy residue on everything it touched as well as many dead trees, shrubs, grass and broken streets. I believe that most of the live oaks will survive as the live oak is very resilient. Most of them got a severe pruning from the wind but were already putting on a flush of new leaves.
I was able to get into the City of New Orleans which was on lockdown on September 22 with a special pass and took a friend with me to City Park. It was quite difficult getting around the Park because of felled trees and dangerous areas. We photographed as quickly as we could and got out because of health reasons in the toxic conditions left by the waters. I frantically searched for a pair of white swans and their five cygnets and feel sure that they are in a part of the Park I could not reach where the water is cleaner. We were the only two people in all of the Park and it felt like we were on another planet--a planet we did not like.

The flooding of City Park can be contributed directly to public officials of the past 30 years who refused to heed warnings and improve the levee system.
I WILL ADD TO THIS GALLERY IN THE COMING MONTHS IF YOU WISH TO FOLLOW HISTORY IN THE MAKING.
CLICK ON THE LITTLE PHOTO TO GET A LARGER PHOTO. Most photos have a story written under the title so scroll down and enjoy.

A SCALED DOWN VERSION OF CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS WILL BE IN DECEMBER IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN WITH A PREVIEW PARTY ON DECEMBER 7 TO BENEFIT THE GARDEN. NEW ORLEANS' MR. BINGLE WILL BE INTRODUCED AS A HOLIDAY FAVORITE.
Dec. 8, 2005-Some 5,000 people attended the Celebration in the Oaks preview party to show their support for City Park.
March 11, 2006-Storyland reopened to the children.
New Orleans City Park Stone-Bridge - September 21, 2005
New Orleans City Park Stone-Bridge - September 21, 2005
August 3, 2005 - before Hurricane Katrina
August 3, 2005 - before Hurricane Katrina
Walking Oak -September 21, 2005
Walking Oak -September 21, 2005
The Walking Oak in December 2004.
The Walking Oak in December 2004.
Lady-with-Flute
Lady-with-Flute
Gondola-far-from its usual moorings
Gondola-far-from its usual moorings
Little-Bit-of-Humor
Little-Bit-of-Humor
One-Swan
One-Swan
Roosevelt Mall
Roosevelt Mall
Boat-Shed
Boat-Shed
Same Area Three Weeks Before Katrina
Same Area Three Weeks Before Katrina
Storyland in City Park
Storyland in City Park
Live-Oaks
Live-Oaks
Mushroom House
Mushroom House
Strong hurricane-Stronger signage
Strong hurricane-Stronger signage
Boat House and Bridge
Boat House and Bridge
Bayou Metairie
Bayou Metairie
Tough Little Coral Vine
Tough Little Coral Vine
Ancient Oak with Stern Face
Ancient Oak with Stern Face
Naked Oaks
Naked Oaks
We Found One Swan
We Found One Swan
Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden
Carousel Gardens
Carousel Gardens
Bridge to Swan Island
Bridge to Swan Island
Taken in May 2005
Taken in May 2005
Higher and Greener Area
Higher and Greener Area
Bench in Oak Grove Waiting  for People to Return to the City-September 26
Bench in Oak Grove Waiting for People to Return to the City-September 26
Storyland-Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Storyland-Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Storyland-Pinocchio
Storyland-Pinocchio
New Orleans Museum of Art Guardian
New Orleans Museum of Art Guardian
Swan Search
Swan Search
Popp Band Stand-October 3, 2005
Popp Band Stand-October 3, 2005
Statue of woman and the live oaks October 3
Statue of woman and the live oaks October 3
Walking Oak-October 3, 2005
Walking Oak-October 3, 2005
Dueling Oak took a beating
Dueling Oak took a beating
Roosevelt Mall-October 3
Roosevelt Mall-October 3
Canadian Geese-October 3.
Canadian Geese-October 3.
Stone Bridge Ready for Company- October 4, 2005
Stone Bridge Ready for Company- October 4, 2005
New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park -October 4
New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park -October 4
Christian Brothers School in the Park
Christian Brothers School in the Park
Anseman Entrance Blocked with Barbed Wire
Anseman Entrance Blocked with Barbed Wire
Crashed Rescue Helicopter
Crashed Rescue Helicopter
A Few of the Swans Were  Found in Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans
A Few of the Swans Were Found in Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans
Mamma Swan and two cygnets
Mamma Swan and two cygnets
City Park Swans in Audubon Park
City Park Swans in Audubon Park
Anything But Green Greenhouse
Anything But Green Greenhouse
September Morn
September Morn
October 18  Botanical Garden
October 18 Botanical Garden
View From Pavilion of Two Sisters towards the Conservatory in Botanical Garden
View From Pavilion of Two Sisters towards the Conservatory in Botanical Garden
The Louisiana Purchase Garden-October 21
The Louisiana Purchase Garden-October 21
Antique Carousel or Flying Horses-October 21
Antique Carousel or Flying Horses-October 21
Train Station in Carousel Gardens October 21
Train Station in Carousel Gardens October 21
Specimen Gardens in Botanical Garden
Specimen Gardens in Botanical Garden
Palm Stands Proudly
Palm Stands Proudly
Gardens and Conservatory October 21
Gardens and Conservatory October 21
Cactus Greenhouse
Cactus Greenhouse
Au revoir, Victor.
Au revoir, Victor.
Storyland November 1
Storyland November 1
Little Children's Wading Pool
Little Children's Wading Pool
Starving Raccoon Eating Cat Food
Starving Raccoon Eating Cat Food
Botanical Garden and Pavilion on October 18
Botanical Garden and Pavilion on October 18
Botanical Garden and Pavilion of the Two Sisters-Nov. 8
Botanical Garden and Pavilion of the Two Sisters-Nov. 8
Will the Live Oaks Survive After Flood Waters?
Will the Live Oaks Survive After Flood Waters?
The Everlasting Trees
The Everlasting Trees
Mr. Bingle Visits the Live Oaks in City Park
Mr. Bingle Visits the Live Oaks in City Park
Pointsettias in Staghorn Fern baskets
Pointsettias in Staghorn Fern baskets
Singer
Singer
Celebration in the Oaks_lighted walkway
Celebration in the Oaks_lighted walkway
Construction Workers Living Under Overpass
Construction Workers Living Under Overpass
The Sound of Silence
The Sound of Silence
Springtime
Springtime
Pavilion of the Two Sisters
Pavilion of the Two Sisters
March 17, 2006
March 17, 2006
Paul Soniat in Concert
Paul Soniat in Concert
Roosevelt Mall in Rain
Roosevelt Mall in Rain
The Colonnade
The Colonnade
Volunteers Replant Park's Waterways
Volunteers Replant Park's Waterways
Popp Fountain Sits Idle and Overgrown
Popp Fountain Sits Idle and Overgrown
Delicate Blooms in the Ruins of Popp Fountain
Delicate Blooms in the Ruins of Popp Fountain
LSU Agricultural Extension Office in City Park
LSU Agricultural Extension Office in City Park
The Golf Club House
The Golf Club House
The sides of a bridge in City Park
The sides of a bridge in City Park
An Art Student  Studies the Live Oaks
An Art Student Studies the Live Oaks
Spanish Moss in Live Oaks
Spanish Moss in Live Oaks
The Junior League from Annapolis Helps City Park
The Junior League from Annapolis Helps City Park
Getting Back to Normal If There is Such a Thing
Getting Back to Normal If There is Such a Thing
Popp Fountain Working for First Time Since Hurricane Katrina
Popp Fountain Working for First Time Since Hurricane Katrina
Swans Arrive at the Park
Swans Arrive at the Park
Nineteen Months After Hurricane Katrina
Nineteen Months After Hurricane Katrina
Four Years After Hurricane Katrina
Four Years After Hurricane Katrina
City Park's Great Lawn Dedication Attended by Thousands
City Park's Great Lawn Dedication Attended by Thousands