5 Ways to Celebrate Mom

Mother’s Day is almost here!

This year, with all of our plans and expectations, flipped upside down, you may be wondering how to celebrate Mother’s Day. While it’s not the celebration we may have hoped and planned for, it’s times like these that bring us closer together and make us realize what is truly important in life. And isn’t that what Mom is always trying to do, bring us closer together?

During these moments, we are called to lean in and create new memories and traditions. As your Friends of City Park, we want to share some unique ways to celebrate and honor Mom. Here’s a list of five activities and gifts we know she will enjoy!

Plan a Picnic in City Park

With an abundance of green space, City Park is the perfect location to find a beautiful, shaded picnic area. All you need is a blanket, a picnic basket or tote bag, and mom’s favorite things to snack & sip on. Like Mom always says, remember to pick up any trash and to stay safe by following CDC social distancing guidelines.

Create an Outdoor Escape at Home

If you feel most comfortable celebrating at home, create an escape for mom in your own backyard! You can purchase a variety of plants and garden gift items online from the New Orleans Botanical Garden Gift Shop. For more information on the plants and availability, contact Pelican Greenhouse Plant Sales at 504-483-9437 or email plants@nocp.org.

Plan a Family-Friendly Competition

It’s a great time to stay in shape and to get active with your family. Map out a family walk or fun run in City Park and choose a route that highlights mom’s favorite spots in the Park. Enjoy this time together and experience City Park in a new, unique way that is special to you and your family. Friendly competition and prizes are always encouraged!

Plan a Roadtrip to Look Forward To

Time spent together is the best gift you can give your mom. There is no better way to show your love than to plan a family trip together. Use this time to research and plan the road trip you’ve always dreamed of. Win brownie points by entering mom for a chance to win a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Premium. Raffle tickets are $75 and only 750 tickets will be sold. The winner will be announced on July 22, 2020. After all, love is what makes a Subaru, and love is what makes a mother.

Take Photos Together in City Park

What does a mom love more than photos of her children? It’s a great time to dress up and have fun with a photoshoot in City Park. The wildflowers have bloomed and make a gorgeous backdrop to any photo. If you feel most comfortable at home, we have a solution! Plant City Park wildflower seeds in your own yard for mom to enjoy every day by donating to Friends of City Park between May 5 and June 1 through Give NOLA Day – Friends of City Park.

However you plan to celebrate Mom, the most important thing to remember is, it is the thought that counts.  Whether you are together in New Orleans City Park or on a Zoom call in your living room, being thoughtful and letting her know how special she is will mean the most to her.

Restaurants: A Way to Give Back and Show Your Support

Friends of City Park is so fortunate to have the most loyal and dedicated restaurant partners for our events. We recognize that our efforts would not be as successful without their generous support. Unfortunately, restaurants are among the hardest hit businesses due to the spread of Covid-19; which may ultimately compromise the hospitality industry in our great city. With the stay at home order extended to May 16, we ask our community to join us as we support our friends and restaurants.

If you have the means, here is a list of simple, easy ways to help:

  • Order take-out and delivery
  • Contribute to fundraisers 
  • Buy gift cards
  • Share your favorite restaurants on social media

Mayor LaToya Cantrell confirmed via Twitter that the Governor’s announcement will not result in any changes to the existing stay at home mandate in Orleans Parish. Restaurants in Orleans Parish will not be allowed to offer outdoor seating for take-out orders.

City Park has an abundance of open green space for you to create your own outdoor social distancing dining experience. Order from your favorite restaurant and enjoy this time outdoors beneath our beautiful oak trees. Grab a blanket, fill up your picnic basket, and enjoy your meal in City Park, but please make sure you follow the recommendations on cleanliness and social distancing. Help us keep the Park clean and our community safe!

lark in the park

Please consider ordering from one of the establishments below:

You can also visit The New Orleans Menu – “The List” to view the list of all New Orleans area restaurants. The list is updated daily and features hours, specials, and delivery or take-out information.

If you are a past or current restaurant donor and would like to be added to the list, please email friends@friendsofcitypark.com.

Check our Friends of City Park Website regularly for updates regarding Lark in the Park and for more ways you can support City Park and our community.

New Beginnings – A Fresh Start for Friends of City Park

Friends of City Park is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Stephanie G. Bell, MBA, to the position of Executive Director, Andrea Lockwood to the position of Director of Special Events and Marketing, and Taylor Gibbs to the position of Administrative Assistant. The new hires join the team alongside Membership Manager, Natalie Robinson, who has been with Friends of City Park since 2012. The Friends of City Park Board of Directors and Staff are delighted to welcome them and to share this positive and uplifting news during this time of difficulty.

Stephanie Bell joins us with a background in nonprofit management and an impressive history of leadership – helping organizations to innovate, thrive, and increase visibility. Prior to joining, Mrs. Bell successfully created value-added programs, planned and executed special events, and exceeded fundraising goals as Vice President of Investor Relations for the New Orleans Business Alliance. Mrs. Bell also served as the Director of Outreach and Alumni Engagement for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in conjunction with Delgado Community College. She has filled several positions across the marketing and communications field as she has built her career, including leading a team of marketing consultants as the Advertising Manager of McClatchy-owned Sun Herald Multimedia and working in marketing and enrollment in academia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

“Anyone that knows me would say that I am eternally enthusiastic. I am very goal-oriented and have a knack at sparking initiative in those around me.”

– Stephanie Bell, Executive Director

Get to Know Stephanie 

With a strong history of community leadership and passion for environmental sustainability, Mrs. Bell currently serves on the board of the US Green Building Council of Louisiana, the Regional Sustainability Council, and the Woodlands Conservancy. She is a native Louisianan who currently resides in New Orleans with her husband, Brandon, and their dog, Auggie. Mrs. Bell enjoys classic New Orleans events and festivals such as Hogs for a Cause, Jazz Fest, and Japan Fest.

Q&A with Stephanie

Q: Why were you drawn to Friends of City Park?

A: When working in economic development, you spend a lot of time thinking about ways to market your community and you focus on those gems that add to the quality of life in your area.  Naturally, New Orleans City Park is always top-of-mind when it comes to valuable assets in our City.  When the opportunity to become the next Executive Director of Friends of City Park became available, I could not pass up the chance to represent this gem and work with Friends members to sustain this beautiful space for City of New Orleans’ residents. Having an opportunity to advance environmental conservation, social health equity and wellness is appealing to me and it hits me at my core – It is meaningful work. 

Q: What is your favorite attraction or activity in City Park?

A: I really enjoy taking walks among the Park’s mature live oaks while listening to a nerdy podcast.  There is no better way to get in 10k steps a day!  My husband, Brandon, and I take our dog, Auggie, to City Bark every weekend for some much-needed play time.  I recently picked up tennis as a hobby and am looking forward to the courts reopening soon so I can improve my game.

Q: What is your overall goal or lasting impression you hope to make at Friends of City Park?

A: I plan to add to the phenomenal impact!  Friends of City Park Board of Directors have been raising awareness for Park improvements for over 40 years. Understanding all the good work that has come before me, I will work hard to create a fresh vision for Friends that builds on the passion that the members have for the Park.  Without hesitation, I commit to ensuring operational excellence, transparency, and financial sustainability. I also intend on sustaining the positive working environment for the staff.  It is a great group of committed individuals who work hard and like to have fun!   


Andrea Lockwood joins us with a strong background in event planning and production where she developed exceptional logistical processes and procedures to streamline her high-profile client’s complex events. Prior to joining, Andrea executed creative concepts, event management tools and displayed leadership through her cultivation of social, non-profit, and corporate events as the Events and Operations Manager at Z Event Company. Andrea also worked in Film Production and Accounting for large studios such as 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, and MGM, where she learned diplomacy, and perfected her planning, budgeting, and problem-solving skills. Some of her most notable projects include Django Unchained, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and The Magnificent Seven. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Mississippi.

“I am extremely loyal and very determined. I will dedicate everything I have to the people and causes I care about.”  

– Andrea Lockwood, Director of Special Events and Marketing

Get to Know Andrea

As an active community member, Andrea gives back by serving on several committees. She is a Junior Executive Board Member and Logistics Committee Chair for Shuck Cancer New Orleans – The American Cancer Society, the Décor Chair for Colors of the Mind – Ochsner Neuroscience Institute and is on the Restaurant Committee for Research for the Cure – Louisiana Cancer Research Center. Andrea finds tremendous joy in celebrating others and giving generously to those in need. Her position with Friends of City Park grants her the ability to celebrate life through special events and to give back to the community she loves.

Q&A with Andrea

Q: Why were you drawn to Friends of City Park? 

A: As a frequent visitor to City Park and as a lover of nature and being outdoors, my connection to Friends of City Park was immediate. To work with one of the largest and most visited urban parks in America brings me great joy and excitement. In addition to the beautiful grounds and abundance of cultural and recreational experiences, I was drawn to the way Friends of City Park connects with the community. I also feel most fulfilled while working with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

Q: What is your favorite attraction or activity in City Park?  

A: Picnics under the oak trees with my husband, Joseph, and dog, Tucker, is a favorite for me. I also enjoy the biking and running trails as a way to stay healthy and active. However, no visit to City Park is complete without a beignet or frozen café au lait from Café du Monde.

Q: What is your overall goal or lasting impression you hope to make at Friends of City Park? 

A: Friends of City Park has done a tremendous job over the years and has some of the most successful and recognizable fundraiser events in the city. I will work in collaboration with my talented team members to grow and continue the success of these events. In addition, I hope to establish and produce new, visionary events and concepts for City Park to benefit from for years to come.


New Orleans native, Taylor Gibbs, is a long-time employee of City Park.  She started her tenure at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and was promoted to the Assistant Manager of the Oscar J. Tolmas Visitor Center. She also served as an Event Manager for Scout Island Scream Park prior to joining the Friends of City Park team as our Administrative Assistant. 

“First impressions reveal that I am easy to talk to and have a bubbly personality.  When you get to know me more you will find that I am pretty strong and very reliable.”

– Taylor Gibbs, Administratve Assistant

Get to Know Taylor

Taylor studied Child & Family Studies at Northwestern State University and was the leader of her CYO group at church. She loves spending quality time with her family, listening to music, and being a tourist in her own city.

Q&A with Taylor

Q: Why were you drawn to Friends of City Park? 

A: Having worked for seven years for New Orleans City Park, I have devoted my career to helping it grow and have witnessed the many changes over the years. Having an opportunity to work in so many areas of the Park has given me a deep appreciation for the capital improvements that have happened over the years.  Joining the Friends of City Park staff was a great fit because now I get to work towards improving and beautifying the place that I love so much. Supporting the fundraising efforts to transform parts of the Park through capital improvements is a true joy!   

Q: What is your favorite attraction or activity in City Park?

A: Of course, it is hard to choose just one!  I truly find something new to do every time I spend time in the Park.  Currently at the top of my list is the New Orleans Botanical Garden. It is one of the most peaceful places in the Park.  The space is always changing with every season, so it is a must see at least four times a year.  They have recently added an outdoor kitchen and they provide cooking demonstrations and food education using fresh veggies and herbs right from the garden.    

Q: What is your favorite festival to attend in New Orleans? 

A: By far, French Quarter Fest is my favorite festival in New Orleans.  You cannot beat the spring-time weather and the largest display of Louisiana music.  My favorite tradition is visiting Landry’s for their lobster, crab and shrimp bisque while hitting up all of the stages throughout the Quarter.


Friends of City Park is thrilled to welcome Stephanie, Andrea, and Taylor. Together they bring many assets, talent, and fresh perspective to this organization. Their knowledge, experience, and expertise will continue to add to the impact Friends of City Park has made over the last 40 years. 

Friends of City Park is a regional, non-profit organization whose mission 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. 

For additional information about this or Friends of City Park, please contact friends@friendsofcitypark.com or (504) 483-9376. 

COVID-19 Update

A letter from City Park’s CEO, Bob Becker

As a generous Park supporter, I want to give you an update on how the Park is doing during this crisis and what precautions you should be taking if you use our open spaces. City Park’s leadership has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) global health emergency. Our first priority is always the health and safety of park visitors, staff, supporters, volunteers, friends, and neighbors. As you know, Governor Edwards and Mayor Cantrell implemented a Stay-at-Home order to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

While staying indoors is critical during this time, if you must get air, exercise, or walk your dog, we implore you to listen to the CDC’s recommendations for cleanliness and social distancing.  City Park’s open spaces are accessible for passive solitary recreational use only. Most facilities, bathrooms, playgrounds, and work-out equipment areas are closed.

In regards to our operations, the Park generates 90% of its operating income through self-generated revenues.  Virtually all of that revenue has now been cut off through group cancellations of weddings and events or from closures of Park facilities ordered by the government. Below are a few key take-aways on our current standing due to the impact of park closures and what we are doing to help ourselves:

• While we have some reserves built up since Katrina, they will only carry us a few months. Therefore, we have frozen hiring, eliminated overtime, cancelled non-essential contracts, we are negotiating with vendors, furloughed all part time employees, and have implemented an across the board pay reduction in order to extend the time we can employ staff until the restrictions are lifted.
• We have informed the Commissioner of Administration and the Deputy Commissioner of our situation.  We have also informed our Louisiana State representative and senator of the situation.
• We have made an appeal to the Commissioner for direct financial assistance from the State for the next six months at a minimum. The State did put us in the State operating budget for three years after Katrina to help us stabilize.
• I have agreed to stay as the Park’s CEO for at least another year and the search process will be indefinitely suspended.

We all know it is a very trying time, but our management team is doing our very best to respond to the crisis. Along the guidance from the Governor, we anticipate the upcoming weeks to be our most trying weeks for our healthcare system and community. We will keep you abreast of how we continue to navigate our operations during this time and any updates that may be insightful for you as a supporter. We have seen an influx in Park users since the pandemic began, creating a demand on our walk-ways, trails, and open spaces. Our team is on the ground ensuring that we continue to maintain grounds, trash, and horticulture, to the best of our ability.

Now, and every day, parks are vital to our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. City Park is one of the region’s treasures – it is the people’s Park. We are currently researching all public and private funding sources. You matter to us now more so than ever. We thought Katrina was our biggest challenge, but we were wrong, because of the length of time of the restrictions and the uncertainty around the shape of the recovery we will need private support like never before.

We ask that you help us keep the community’s collective health in mind through our resources and welcome the opportunity to discuss with you on how you can contribute. You can make a donation at any time by clicking here or by calling Casie Duplechain, our Chief Development Officer, at 504-415-7987.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the City Park COVID-19 Update page on the City Park website.

We hope that you, your family, friends, and loved ones are staying healthy.


Robert W. Becker, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
New Orleans City Park

Vote YES for Parks & Recreation!

New Orleans City Park is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational activities, attractions for families, and its natural beauty. City Park is a 90/10 Park. Self-generated revenue makes up 90% of the $19.5 million annual operating budget; City Park receives no general fund operating dollars from the city and approximately $2 million annually from the state. City Park has a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must visit for visitors to the city. The 1,300 acres of parkland provide enjoyment for people no matter their age. City Park is home to the world’s largest collection of mature Live Oak trees in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is on the ballot on May 4, 2019?
On May 4th, the voters of New Orleans will vote on a ballot proposal for parks and recreation that will affect the quality of life for all our citizens. They will vote on the renewal and re-allocation of the current 6.31 millages already dedicated to parks in the City. The re-allocation allows for a more equitable distribution of the taxpayer dollars ALREADY supporting parks and recreation in the City and includes City Park in that distribution for the first time in the Park’s history.

Which groups will benefit from this millage?
New Orleans City Park, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), the Department of Parks and Parkways, and the Audubon Commission. The collaborative effort was developed in partnership with Trust for Public Land, a national leader in parks and recreation advocacy.

I’ve read this is not going to increase my taxes. How is that possible?
This millage is a renewal and re-allocation of the current 6.31 millages ALREADY allocated to park and recreation agencies. The proposal calls for redistributing the funds currently devoted to Audubon Commission, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, and Parks and Parkways. The proposal calls for half of Audubon Commission’s current millage allocation to be redistributed to the other park agencies, including City Park in the allocation. All of the park agencies collaborated closely with the Cantrell Administration to develop a solution for a more equitable distribution of tax dollars WITHOUT asking the voters for an increase.

What is the rationale behind this proposal?
The reason is to provide sustainable and more equitably distributed funding for maintenance, park safety, programming, and capital improvement. Our park system is at significant risk of deterioration unless we act now.

What will happen if this millage doesn’t pass?
The impending loss of dedicated funding threatens to destabilize these agencies, and negatively impact the safe access to parks, maintenance of existing recreational assets, ongoing programming and the ability to provide support for new programming for our children, families, and senior citizens.

Is it true this is the 1st time City Park will receive city tax dollars?
This is the first time City Park would receive funding from city taxes.

How much is City Park receiving if the millage is passed and when will City Park start receiving money?
The current estimate is the Park will receive approximately $2 million each of the 20 years. The Park would begin receiving funds in 2021.

What will the money be spent on in City Park?
Long deferred and much needed infrastructure upgrades (the majority of the Park’s infrastructure was built in the WPA era), storm water management, creation of a forest management programing, expanded programming, and increased security.

Where does City Park’s current funding come from?
City Park is a 90/10 Park: 90% of the operations budget is self-generated revenue.

2019 FY Budget is $19.5M, of that, $1.8M is State support.

When is voting?
Early Voting April 20 – 27, 2019 / Vote Saturday, May 4, 2019

Where can I get more information? TogetherForParks.org

Live Auction: Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon

Ashley Longshore
Details: “Spring Bloom Audrey” with monarchs and gold leaf, acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas covered in a high gloss resin. 48″ x 48″
Value: $14,000

Hunt Slonem
Details: untitled, 2014. Oil on wood. 38″ x 25″ framed
Value: $17,500

David Harouni
Details: untitled, 4′ x 5′
Value: $9,000

Avery Rowan
Details: Marshland painting in metallic acrylic on paper, custom framed on linen 42″ x 23″
Title: “Passtimes”
Value: $1,200

Mac Ball
Details: 16.5″ x 12.5″, acrylic on panel.
Title: Copse, Bitteroot Valley
Value: $1,100

Alex Harvie
Details: 30″ x 30″ live painting of the 2019 Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon
Value: Priceless
Image of artist below.

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Cal-A-Vie Health Spa
Details: 3 Night La Petite Spa Package for one guest. Includes three meals a day, king bed accommodations, 6 spa services, unlimited fitness classes, round trip transportation from San Diego Airport to Cal-A-Vie.
Value: $4,950

Restrictions: Minimum ago of 18 years old. Available dates only. First time guests only. Non-transferable and not refundable for cash value.

Bryan Subaru Outback Raffle!

All 2019 raffle proceeds will benefit the revitalization of Storyland.

Online sales have ended at this time. We have tickets remaining and they will be available for purchase at Friends Fest, July 17th, 2019.

Win a 2019 Bryan Subaru Outback 2.5i 

Valued at $27,834

Generously donated by:

Official Subaru Rules of Entry_2019

Winner must present a certified check currently estimated at $8,553.54 based on current tax rates for income tax withholding by the close of business Wednesday, August 1, 2019 to receive the prize. Per the IRS, income tax withholding is 25% (federal) and 6% (state) of car value minus the $75 ticket wager.

Membership FAQ’s


How can I become a Friends of City Park Member or renew my membership?
You can purchase a membership or renew online, by calling (504) 483-9376, or by visiting us at 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124. You may also join or renew at the new Botanical Garden and Storyland entrance at the Oscar J. Tolmas Center at 5 Victory Ave, or at City Putt at 8 Victory Ave.

If I purchase a membership today when will it expire?
Your membership will expire one year from the last day of the month the membership was purchased. For example, if you purchase a membership on 10/9/2018, the membership will expire 10/31/2019.

Will I be notified when it is time to renew my membership?
You will first receive an email from us 60 days before your expiration date. You may renew at that point or wait until closer to time. If you choose to wait, we will then mail you a renewal letter to the address you have provided. If your membership still has not been renewed in that time frame, we will send you another email and another letter 30 days before your expiration date, giving you plenty of opportunities to renew! If you need to update your email or mailing address, please call us at (504) 483-9376 or email us at friends@friendsofcitypark.com.

If I renew before my expiration date, will time be deducted from my membership?
You will always receive a full 12 months of membership. Renewing early will help us reduce the amount of renewal reminders we send you.

Once I join, how soon will I receive my membership card(s)?
Please expect to receive your membership card(s) approximately one week from your date of purchase. Until you receive your card(s), you can use a photo ID and a printed confirmation from your online purchase as temporary proof of membership.

Who should I list on my membership?
You may list up to two adults, within the same household/immediate family, on each membership.  We do not list the names of your additional guests, caregivers, or children on our membership cards. The Senior Individual and Individual level memberships will only have one name listed on the membership card, as those levels allow perks for only one individual.

How many membership cards do I receive with my membership?
If you list two adults living at the same address, you will receive two membership cards, one for each of you. If you list one adult, you will receive one membership card. There is a maximum of two membership cards per membership. If you join or renew at the Senior Individual or Individual level, you will only receive one card.

Can I use my duplicate membership card as a separate membership to cover extra guests?
No. A duplicate membership card is issued for the convenience of your household not having to share one card. In the event that your level of membership only covers two adults and both adults are present, no additional adult guests are allowed under your membership, even if you present two cards.

I have two named adults on my membership card; in the event that the other named individual on my membership card is not with me, am I allowed a guest entry for the individual that is with me at the time?
If your membership level is Individual Plus, Family, Family Plus, Patron, or Ambassador, and your card lists two adults on it, in the event that one of the named adults is not present, a guest may access the perk instead. At least one of the named adults must be present to utilize the membership perk, and the membership card may never be passed off to another individual that is not named on the card. Family Plus, Patron, and Ambassador do allow for one additional guest (per membership, not per card; two cards do not represent two separate memberships).

Can I put the membership in my child’s name?
Membership cardholders must be at least 18 years old.

How will I be able to utilize my membership if I have lost or misplaced my membership card?
Once you are a member, your information is entered into our database. With your photo ID, most locations in the Park can access that database to pull up your membership.

How can I replace my lost/stolen membership card?
If your card has been lost or stolen, you can call (504) 483-9376 or email us friends@friendsofcitypark.com and we can issue a new one.

How do I determine when my membership expires?
Your expiration date is printed on the upper right hand corner of your membership card. Once the membership expires, so does the card; when you renew, you will receive a new card with a new expiration date printed on it. If you do not have your card and need to know when you expire, please give us a call (504) 483-9376 or email us friends@friendsofcitypark.com.   

The membership I purchased comes with additional event tickets. How do I receive my tickets?*
In order to receive your event tickets that are provided with your membership level (Patron or Ambassador) you must contact the Friends of City Park office at (504) 483-9376 to reserve your tickets no later than 48 hours prior to the event. We will reach out to you via email prior to the event reminding you of your free tickets. If you are a Patron or Ambassador member and we do not have your email address on file, please let us know. *This is not applicable for Celebration in the Oaks, as no advance tickets may be issued for this special event.

How can I buy a gift membership?
You may do so online https://www.friendsofcitypark.com/gift-memberships/. Or you may call (504) 483-9376 to purchase via phone.

How do I upgrade my membership and how much will it cost?
The cost to upgrade will be the difference between your current membership and the upgraded membership. For example, if you have a Family Membership ($75) and want to upgrade to the Family Plus Membership ($125), you will pay $50. Upgrading your membership does not RENEW your membership. When you upgrade, your expiration date will remain the same. To upgrade your membership, call us at (504) 483-9376.

How does the babysitter privilege work? What membership would I have to buy to be able to use it?
The babysitter privilege comes with the Family Plus, Patron, and Ambassador memberships. The privilege only allows your children and the babysitter/caregiver to enter the facility. If someone is using the “babysitter privilege” be sure to send them with your membership card and a note stating that they have permission to use the membership. The “babysitter” will also need to provide their photo ID.

I am not receiving Friends of City Park emails. How can I begin to receive them?
To begin receiving Friends of City Park emails, you may sign up on our website at the bottom left in the Sign Up section by entering your email address and hitting Submit or you may call (504) 483-9376.

Is any part of my membership purchase tax deductible?
No part of the membership is tax deductible. Please note, per IRS regulations, all charitable organizations must provide a written disclosure statement concerning quid pro quo contributions over $75. Our good faith estimate of fair market value of this membership is equal to or greater than the cost of the membership. Please contact your tax adviser for further guidance.

It’s been over two weeks since I joined or renewed and I have not received my new membership card(s); what should I do?
We process memberships relatively quickly in our office; however, we cannot always account for the post office, so if you have not received your new membership card(s) in a reasonable amount of time, do not hesitate to call or email so that we may reissue them to you.


If you have a question about your membership, please call (504) 483-9376 or email Natalie at nrobinson@friendsofcitypark.com.

Martini Madness 2018


SEPTEMBER 21 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Grab your friends and join us at the Arbor Room and Popp Fountain to taste over 25 specialty martinis from Republic National Distributing Company and enjoy delectable cuisine from over 35 of New Orleans’ best restaurants. The evening will include an exciting raffle, photobooth fun, DJ, and more! Tickets cover all food and drinks for the duration of the fundraiser.

Event Co-Chairs: Ashley Jeansonne and Whitney Wilkinson

All proceeds benefit capital improvements in New Orleans City Park.

Before the Madness: 7:00 PM gates open
Reserved table: $500 for a table and admission for 4 people
Reserved seating: $250 for seats and admission for 2 people

General Admission: 8:00 PM gates open
$65 per general admission ticket
$55 per Friends of City Park member ticket

AFTER August 1st
$75 per general admission ticket
$65 per Friends of City Park member ticket

All ticket sales are final, there will be no exchanges or refunds on purchases. In the event of cancellation please regard your ticket purchase as a donation to Friends of City Park. A $2.00 processing fee per ticket will take place for all credit card transactions.

To become a sponsor of Martini Madness 2018 and receive reserved seating, please call (504) 483-9376 or email Jennifer Montgomery at jmontgomery@friendsofcitypark.com.

MEMBERS: If you need to check on your membership to ensure you are active and qualify for the member ticket price, please call (504) 483-9376 or email Natalie Robinson at nrobinson@friendsofcitypark.com.

VOLUNTEERS: if you would like to volunteer at Martini Madness, shifts and sign-up will be available soon.

Bryan Subaru Raffle

All 2018 raffle proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Casino Building. Purchase tickets at the bottom of this page.

2018 Bryan Subaru Forester Outback 

Valued at $25,813

Generously donated by:


Official Subaru Rules of Entry_2018

Winner must present a certified check currently estimated at $7,978.78 based on current tax rates for income tax withholding by the close of business Wednesday, August 1, 2018 to receive the prize. Per the IRS, income tax withholding is 25% (federal) and 6% (state) of car value minus the $75 ticket wager.

CONGRATS to Peggy Villemarette on being the lucky winner of the one-of-a-kind hand-Carved Coral Bracelet with Diamonds in 18 kt. Yellow Gold from Valobra Master Jewelers!

Generously donated by:


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