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New Orleans' City Park's Rebirth After Hurricane Katrina

In August, 2005, a powerful hurricane named Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The storm brought high winds and tornadoes and much destruction.
However, broken levees and floodwalls collapsed in the storm surge and flooded 80 per cent of New Orleans. City Park was under water for three weeks. Much vegetation died and the Botanical Garden, Carousel Garden, golf courses and waterfowl suffered $43 million in damages. The Park, before Katrina, was a self-sustaining Park and received no monies from City, State or Federal entities. All funds to operate the Park were self generating and the Park heavily relied on its volunteers for fund raising efforts.
As of this date, some 18 months after Katrina the Park is finally experiencing a rebirth, due mainly to the generosity of corporations and thousands of volunteers who have given time and money to restore the beauty of the Park. The bare-bones Park staff has worked long, hard hours these past eighteen months towards the Park's rebirth. Federal money is very slow in coming.
There were nine mute swans in City Park when Katrina struck--a pair who had five cygnets who were four months old and two female daughters who were three years old. After the flood waters subsided only one of the three year olds was found. She has been lonesome ever since.
This gallery is to record the rebirth of City Park-its gardens, its play areas, its amusements and its wildlife, particularly its swans.
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THE MOST RECENT PHOTO IS AT THE END OF THE GALLERY.
Swannie Meets Mardi for the First Time
Swannie Meets Mardi for the First Time
Swannie
Swannie
Carousel and Flying Horses Restored to  Former Beauty
Carousel and Flying Horses Restored to Former Beauty
Swans Arrive at the Park
Swans Arrive at the Park
Swannie Greets New Swans
Swannie Greets New Swans
Demure Swannie from Louisiana Meets Mardi from Illinois
Demure Swannie from Louisiana Meets Mardi from Illinois
Tell Me a Little About Yourself
Tell Me a Little About Yourself
France Lends a Hand
France Lends a Hand
Children Are Once Again Exploring in the Park
Children Are Once Again Exploring in the Park
Ballet of the Live Oaks
Ballet of the Live Oaks
Popp Fountain Working for First Time Since Hurricane Katrina
Popp Fountain Working for First Time Since Hurricane Katrina
Romance of the Swans
Romance of the Swans
Coming Round the Bend
Coming Round the Bend
Oaks of Roosevelt Mall
Oaks of Roosevelt Mall
The Walking Oak
The Walking Oak
The Langles Bridge over Bayou Metairie
The Langles Bridge over Bayou Metairie
Students Replant City Park
Students Replant City Park
Community Service
Community Service
The Lions in City Park
The Lions in City Park
Students Plant Irises Along Bayou Metairie in City Park
Students Plant Irises Along Bayou Metairie in City Park
A Familiar Place
A Familiar Place
Poppies in the Sky
Poppies in the Sky
First Butterfly of Spring
First Butterfly of Spring
Singing in the Sunshine
Singing in the Sunshine
Swan and Louisiana Irises
Swan and Louisiana Irises
Live Oaks Bring New Life to Lelong Avenue
Live Oaks Bring New Life to Lelong Avenue
Midnight at the Museum
Midnight at the Museum
Newly Planted Live Oaks and Crepe Myrtles at Entrance to NOMA
Newly Planted Live Oaks and Crepe Myrtles at Entrance to NOMA
Spanish Moss is Making a Comeback
Spanish Moss is Making a Comeback
Sundown on the Bayou in City Park
Sundown on the Bayou in City Park
September 6, 2007
September 6, 2007
The Lion's in His Place - All's Right with His Park
The Lion's in His Place - All's Right with His Park
Girl Scouts Back in the Park
Girl Scouts Back in the Park
t1%2f06%2f497506%2f4%2f92292122.Wus5d2Ys.jpg Ancient Oak and Hundred Year Old Bridge
Ancient Oak and Hundred Year Old Bridge
Newly Painted Boat House and Return of Spanish Moss
Newly Painted Boat House and Return of Spanish Moss
Mardi and Swannie
Mardi and Swannie
Clean and Green With a Proliferation of Spanish Moss
Clean and Green With a Proliferation of Spanish Moss
Great Hall at New Orleans Museum of Art Welcomes George Rodrigue
Great Hall at New Orleans Museum of Art Welcomes George Rodrigue
Nature's Playground - the Live Oak
Nature's Playground - the Live Oak
Building a Nest
Building a Nest
Dressed For Easter
Dressed For Easter
Iris Time in City Park
Iris Time in City Park
One Course Opened
One Course Opened
Louisiana Irises Bloom in Sculpture Garden
Louisiana Irises Bloom in Sculpture Garden
Breaking Ground for the Dog Park
Breaking Ground for the Dog Park
Stone Bridge
Stone Bridge
Construction of The Great Lawn
Construction of The Great Lawn
Christmas in the Oaks - Already
Christmas in the Oaks - Already
The Evening the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Performed
The Evening the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Performed
Popp Fountain Restored
Popp Fountain Restored