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Friends of City Park is thrilled to support the restoration of City Park’s Historic Carousel. The Carousel or "Flying Horses" is one of fewer than 100 hand-carved wooden Carousels in the United States. The Carousel has been a part of City Park since 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. City Park visitors can see our banner on Lelong Drive at the entrance of NOMA promoting Lark in the Park 2014 and acknowledging our premier sponsors.


Mary Johnson, President Friends of City Park

President’s Message Dear Friends, What a fabulous year 2013 was for Friends. I can’t believe the year has come and gone. Friends membership has grown from 3,450 to 3,760 members. I would like to personally thank you, our members, for your support of Friends and the Park. Tell your family, neighbors and friends about us.

The staff and the Board are here to serve you. We have two new Board Members for 2014. Karen Adjmi is chair of the marketing committee and Adam McNeil is one of our legal representatives. Both of them bring tremendous talents to their positions and I am thankful they have joined the Board. Mark your calendar! Lark in the Park is March 14. The proceeds will be used to restore the historic carousel. The co-chairs, Ann Heslin and Andrea Frischhertz, and their committees have been hard at work securing sponsors, restaurants and auction items. Thanks to the honorary chairs Mr. and Mrs. Beau Bassich for their support. The patron party and gala, set in the beautiful botanical gardens, are sure to be the talk of the town. Listen for our advertising on the radio and on TV and look for our ads printed in various publications. Buy your raffle tickets for a 2014 Subaru Forester or a 2014 Vespa. Thanks to Bryan Subaru and Terminix for their support of the raffles. See you at Lark!

I am very happy to announce that Casie Duplechain has re-joined Friends as Executive Director. Casie has hit the ground running to serve you raising funds for capital improvements in City Park. I would also like to welcome our new Special Events, Membership and Marketing Coordinator, Stephanie Kaston Gutierrez! Don’t forget to use your member Park Perk for the Spring Garden Show on April 5-6. See the full list of Park Perks later in the newsletter and online. It continues to be an honor to serve you and I look forward to the next year.

Mary Johnson President Friends of City Park

Congratulations!

Welcome our newest Friends: Milly and Camille, daughters of FOCP Board Members Robin Borne and Annie Thibodeaux. We would also like to extend congratulations to FOCP Board Member Adam McNeil on his new bundle of joy! 2 • Friends of City Park • Spring 2014

Give your special Mom a piece of New Orleans this Mother’s Day! We have the perfect gift, the 2013 Friends of City Park beloved Langles Bridge ornament! Many New Orleanians fed the ducks and swans, got engaged or took their wedding photos on this bridge. The ornament is $20 and is available at www.friendsofcitypark.com with a $2 shipping and handling charge or at the Botanical Garden Gift Shop, City Park Gift Shop at Morning Call or Earthsavers locations. For further information, call 504-483-9376.

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2014 Friends of City Park Board of Directors OFFICERS P re s i d e n t Mary Johnson P re s i d e n t - e l e c t Jackie Palumbo Tre a s u re r Kathleen Smith Tre a s u re r - e l e c t Lana Lovick R e c o rd i n g S e c re t a r y Leigh Morgan Thorpe I m m e d i a t e Pa s t P re s i d e n t Dessa Giffin

Board Members Karen Adjmi Lisette Bayle Robin Bordelon Borne Joey Marcotte Brown Karen DeBlieux Ta n i a H a h n Suzette Herpich Nina Killeen Lucille McDonnell Adam McNeil Ron O’Rorke Mary Hassinger Schmidt Annie Orillac Thibodeaux H e l e n R e a d Yo u n g Editor Lisette Bayle E x e c u t i v e D i re c t o r Casie Duplechain Membership/Marketing/Events Stephanie Kaston Gutierrez Administrative Assistant Natalie Robinson Accountant Michelle Barkemeyer

The mission of Friends of City Park is to maintain and increase the value and importance of City Park as a place of natural beauty, culture, recreation, and education for the public. All monies raised by Friends of City Park (FOCP) will be used for the capital needs of City Park at the discretion of the FOCP Executive Board. FOCP is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a registered charity with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.


Lark in the Park 2014 co-chairs Andrea Frischhertz and Ann Heslin have been working hard to ensure this year’s success! A huge thank you to our sponsors and donors (as of print deadline).

Lark in the Park is featured on the February issue of “St. Charles Avenue” magazine. Pictured from left to right, Friends’ President Mary Johnson, Lark Co-Chair Ann Heslin, Lark Honorary Chair Beau Bassich, Friends’ President Elect Jackie Palumbo, and Lark Co-Chair Andrea Frischhertz.

A special thank you to Bryan Batt for starring in the 2014 Lark in the Park video and to Fire on the Bayou for producing the spot! Bryan’s great grandfather, Harry Batt Sr., managed the City Park Carousel from 1948 – 1980. In the 1980’s, Batt sold the carousel to the park for a reasonable figure of $300,000. On the open market it could probably have been sold for twice the figure.

• Claire and Harry Stahel • Rodger and Gretchen Wheaton • Whitney Bank • Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Young

Oak Leaf • Aguillard Accounting, LLC • Anonymous Car Raffle presented by • Air Effects Sky Tracker • Bryan Subaru • Brian and Michelle Barkemeyer • Big Easy Photobooth Event Sponsors • Elizabeth A. Boh • Robin Bordelon Borne Grand Oak • Bourgeois Bennett, LLC • Capital One Bank • Mr. and Mrs. Gary H. Brewster • Jane and Walter Brooks Cypress • Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, • EARTHSAVERS/Hahn Finn, Blossman and Areaux LLC Enterprises, Inc. • Joe and Dianne Caverly • Anonymous • Dots Diner - JoAnn and Larry Katz • Ed. Smith’s Stencil Works, LTD. Crepe Myrtle • Mr. and Mrs. David F. Edwards • Mr. and Mrs. John H. Burke, Jr. • Bart and Cherise Farris • Entercom New Orleans • Jeanie Favret and Family • FirstNBC Bank • Dr. and Mrs. Jerry and Carolyn Fortino • The Shane and Holley Guidry • Brad and Andrea Frischhertz Foundation • Marc and Emily Frischhertz • The Prentiss C. and Dolores M. • Gambit Communications Havens Family Foundation • Dessa and David Giffin • The Gustaf W. McIlhenny Family • Hahn Family Foundation Foundation • Hammond Law Firm, LLC • Peoples Health • HCA MidAmerica Division • Republic National Distributing • Herman, Herman, and Katz, LLC Company • Bill and Susan Hess • Schlumberger • KPMG, LLP • Superior Energy Services, Inc. • Laitram, LLC • Terminix Pest Control - Vincent • Law Offices of Dan A. Robin Palumbo • Legier and Company, APAC • Andrea and Georges Legrand Antique Rose • Vanessa Loiso • Inside Northside Magazine • Paul Manister • Bill and Leslie Kramer • Nancy and Michael Marsiglia • Lupo Enterprises • Martin Ins. Agency • Textron Marine and Land Systems • Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan McCall • McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC Camellia • Mr. and Mrs. L. Richards McMillan II • Bank of New Orleans • Rob and Tiffany Mouton • Béjé Wholesale Diamonds • NOLA Pilates and Xtend Barre • Couhig Partners, LLC New Orleans • The DeBlieux and Johnson Families • National Recreation System • Sally Duplantier • Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office • Dyna-Play, LLC • Peter Mayer Advertising • Frischhertz Electric Co., Inc. • Schrenk, Endom and Flanagan • Mike and Sue Guarisco • Sheridan Seating • The Heslin Family • Kathleen and Tom Smith • Denise and Bill Hoffman • Michael Snow • IBERIABANK • Stewart Enterprises, Inc. • Richard’s Parish Disposal • Annie and Paul Thibodeaux • River Parish Disposal • Leigh Morgan Thorpe • Kathy and Edmund Schrenk • Transportation Revolution • Second Line Stages • Kathryn Wiedorn • Bruce and Jackie Shreves • Keith and Kimberly Zibilich Spring 2014 • Friends of City Park • 3


2014 New Orleans City Park Improvement Association OFFICERS P re s i d e n t

M r. B i l l H o f f m a n P re s i d e n t - E l e c t

Mrs. Susan Hess

Bob Becker, CEO

Vi c e P r e s i d e n t

Mrs. Karen DeBlieux Vi c e P r e s i d e n t

M r. R o n n i e S l o n e Vi c e P r e s i d e n t

M r. E d m o n d S c h r e n k Tr e a s u r e r

Letter from the CEO

M r. L a r r y K a t z S e c re t a r y

Mrs. Jackie Shreves

Board of Commissioners M r. S t e v e n B i n g l e r Mrs. Jane S. Brooks Mrs. Johannah Brown M r. E d g a r C h a s e Ms. Jacquelyn Clarkson M r. B i l l y C r a w f o r d Mrs. Karen DeBlieux M r. S . S t e w a r t F a r n e t Ms. Karen Fernandez M r. T h o m a s G . F i e r k e Mrs. Dessa Giffin Mrs. Susan Guidry M r. B e n H a l e s Mrs. Susan Hess M r. Wi l l i a m D . H o f f m a n Mrs. Mary Johnson M r. L a r r y K a t z M r. E r r o l L a b o r d e M r. Ti m L a F r a n c a Mrs. Andrea LeGrand M r. R o b e r t E d w a r d S m i t h L u p o M r. P a u l M a s i n t e r Mrs. Maria Soniat McKay Mrs. Marjorie McKeithen Ms. Jackie Palumbo M r. D a v i d P a y t o n M r. S t e v e n P e t t u s M r. C l e l a n d P o w e l l M r. M a r k C . R o m i g M r. E d m u n d S c h r e n k Mrs. Jacqueline Shreves M r. R o n n i e S l o n e Mrs. Elizabeth Sloss M r. Wi l l Tr e g r e M r s . R i t a Ve s i c h

If you are like me, Spring can’t come soon enough! While I am a big change of seasons guy (I grew up in the Northeast), this winter has been harsh in terms of cold weather and rain. The Park has been negatively impacted by the

weather in terms of lower attendance at one of our signature events, Celebration in the Oaks, the loss of a substantial amount of plant material, and the seemingly endless water and sewer line breaks as the Park’s mostly 100 year old utility system struggles with the cold temperature. Since we must raise over 85% of our operating revenue through activities in the Park (a far greater percentage than virtually any other Park) recovery from events of this winter is challenging. Spring should see the revival of some of our plant loss and we look forward to the reopening of our Amusement Park where we are completing $2 million dollars in improvements including new bathrooms, a new café and paving and landscaping additions! Runs, walks, festivals,

concerts, sports programs, tournaments and many other activities make spring a joyous time in the Park. Time to push winter aside and make use of the better weather. Come and Enjoy it at City Park!

Robert W. Becker Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer City Park

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Representing Botanical Garden Foundation

Mrs. Anne Abbott Chief Executive Officer

M r. R o b e r t W. B e c k e r , P h . D . E x e c u t i v e D i re c t o r

M r. B e a u L . B a s s i c h Chief Operating Officer

M r. R o b e r t D e Vi n e y Chief Development Officer

M r. J o h n H o p p e r Chief Administrative Officer

M r. G e o r g e P a r k e r C h i e f Fi n a n c i a l O f f i c e r

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Shaping a Shade Structure The ropes course has a new shade structure designed by architectural students at Tulane working via Tulane’s City Center Department. The students divided in teams to present 8 preliminary design ideas that were then presented to City Park and LOOP staff. Favorites were chosen and then the students went back and developed a final design. Outside of fabricating some of the steel beams, the students did all the work which included pouring concrete, stacking railroad ties, erecting the steel beams and the roof of the structure. The roof/shade portion of the structure is an incredibly creative use of unpainted yield signs. They hang and undulate in a way that adds a very distinct flair to the facility. The shade structure is used to welcome and provide instructions to participants to the ropes course and provides ample seating and standing space.


Mark Your Calendars

Fun for Friends Carousel Gardens Amusement Park Spring Opening March 8 Gates open at 11 a.m. Join us for the Spring Season Opening of Carousel Gardens in New Orleans City Park! As a Park Perk Friends of City Park members receive free admission into the Amusement Park and receive 10% off of Amusement Park Season Passes. The amusement park features 16 rides guaranteed to put a smile on your face. For more information, visit www.neworleanscitypark.com or call 504-483-9402.

NOLA City Bark Fourth Anniversary and Safety Week March 22-23, March 25 and March 27 Bring your pups to the City Bark Fourth Anniversary Celebration and Safety Week! Join us for dog park safety presentations, advice from dog trainers, ask a veterinarian and more to celebrate our anniversary and help keep permit holders informed about best dog park etiquette and practices. Check out the website, nolacitybark.org for hours and more information.

67th annual Big Bass Rodeo & Fishtival March 29 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Drop those lines! The 67th annual Big Bass Rodeo & Fishtival will be held on Saturday, March 29th. New this year is “Boats on the Bayou.” This new category will allow nonmotorized boats (kayaks, canoes, etc.) to fish

in Bayou St. John. On-line registration for all categories will open up on March 10th and close at noon on March 28th. For more information please visit the website at bigbassfishingrodeo.com or call Julie LaCour at 504-483-9415.

Spring Garden Show - April 5-6 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friends of City Park members receive free admission! The annual Spring Garden Show is an educational experience for the home gardeners and the professional. Admission is $8.00 for Adults and Children 5 to 12 are $4.00. Children under 5 and Friends of City Park enter free. There will be plant and garden products, exhibits and sales throughout the garden, a kids discovery area, educational programs, music, arts & crafts, and more. For more information call 504-658-2900.

your 12 collected eggs into a provided egg carton. Tickets are available ahead of time and at the door (but get yours now so you don’t have to wait in line!) www.neworleanscitypark.com

Living Green in New Orleans: Earth Day 2014 April 22

Easter Egg Hunt April 12 Gates open at 9 a.m. Search for more than 15,000 Easter eggs hidden around the amusement park, including golden eggs with special prizes inside! Kids can visit with the Easter Bunny and enjoy face painting and more entertainment. No need to bring your own basket or bag, you’ll place

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Earth Day at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park is a great event! This is the first year of this event which is certain to grow to be very popular. Have a great time listening to music, learning about being Green, and of course having delicious food while watching great entertainment! The celebration promises farm stands with local products, cooking demonstrations, art and plant vendors, live bluegrass music, activities for kids, and programing/lectures. Cost: Free (donations are accepted) Spring 2014 • Friends of City Park • 5


Lark in the Park Participating Restaurants: • Acme Oyster House • Angelo Brocato’s • Bravo! Cucina Italiana • City Park Catering • The Columns Hotel • Commander’s Palace • Criollo • Dorignac’s Catering • Galatoires “33” Bar and Steak • Hilton New Orleans Riverside • Lagniappe Luncheonette Catering • Langenstein’s Uptown/Old Metairie Road • Lakeview Harbor • Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant • Maple Street Café • Martin Wine Cellar • MONDO • Mr. John’s Steakhouse • Mr. Mudbug/12 Seasons Catering • Naked Pizza • NOLA Snow Balls • Oceana Grill • Quintin’s Ice Cream and Sorbet • Ralph’s on the Park • Riccobono’s Peppermill • Royal House Restaurant and Oyster Bar • Short Stop PoBoys • Swiss Confectionary Inc. • Tableau (Patron Party) • Toots-n-Bunny • Velvet Cactus • Vincent’s Italian Cuisine • VooDoo BBQ and Grill • And many more…. Come help build a new memory in your City Park! Sponsorship and patron packages are still available. Individual tickets for the gala are $100 and discounted to $90 for Friends of City Park members. Guests between the ages of 21 and 35 are invited to join the Party Flock, with $75 individual tickets. For tickets, more information, and event updates, please visit www.friendsofcitypark.com or call 504-483-9376.

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Picture from the Past

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Timothy and Bartholomew Murphy stand in front of the Audubon Park Carousel, the success of which prompted Bart, to erect the carousel in City Park. In April 1906, the pavilion and the carousel it housed opened near City Park Avenue and soon became a popular city attraction.

Friends of City Park members, Jason and Nicole Villemarette, enjoy a day in City Park with their kids! Do you have a picture in City Park that you would like to share in our next newsletter? Email your picture to Casie Duplechain at cduplechain@friendsofcitypark.com.

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• Maurice French Pastries • Metal Fusion, Inc. • Mignon Faget • Monmouth Historic Inn • Morgus the Magnificent • Mosca’s Restaurant • National WWII Museum • New Orleans Athletic Club • New Orleans Botanical Garden • New Orleans Pelicans/ Friend to City Park • New Orleans Saints • NOLA City Bark • NOLA Gondola • NOLA Pedicab • NOLA Pilates • North Course at City Park • Organize Dat • Perlis Clothing Stores • Pine Mountain Chalet • Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers • Raymond’s Jewelry Creations • Romaguera Photography • Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans • Royal Sonesta Hotel • Rusty Nail • Sandler Training • Sheraton New Orleans • SÖPÖ • Stacey Warnke • Stage Door Canteen • Swirl • The Blues Jean Bar • The Court of Two Sisters • The Grill Room • The Line King • The New Orleans School of Cooking • The Ritz-Carlton • Toup’s Meatery • Two Sprouts • W.I.N.O. • Windsor Court Hotel • And many more…

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