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City Park

City Park
New Orleans’ 1,300-acre City Park recently celebrated its 160th birthday. Founded in 1854, it’s one of the oldest urban parks in the country and this summer an installation of photographs highlights its remarkable recovery since Katrina. The park is most famous for being the home of the world’s largest stand of mature live oaks, but there are many other reasons why Melissa and other residents regularly visit this unique and magical green space.

“Not only is this an absolutely gorgeous park to chill at on a beautiful day,” she explains, “but it has its own miniature golf course (City Putt) and amusement park (Carousel Gardens). You can rent boats to ride in on Big Lake. Did I mention Storyland? And the New Orleans Museum of Art is here, too. And the Morning Call café. There’s so much fun happening in one place.”

—DJ Soul Sister (Melissa Weber)