Mid-City Messenger: City Park begins reopening attractions and sports facilities
City Park will begin reopening its attractions, with restrictions, on Saturday, park officials announced.
The Phase 1 reopening, developed with guidance from government health authorities, includes non-contact sports such as tennis, golf and City Putt, the Storyland amusement park and the Botanical Garden. Admission will be at 25% capacity with social distancing in place.
The Oscar J. Tolmas Visitor Center, which is also the entrance to the Botanical Garden and Storyland at 5 Victory Ave., will be open Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The New Orleans Botanical Garden will be open Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with limited admission. Louisiana residents are admitted free on Wednesdays courtesy of The Helis Foundation. Purchase tickets here. More information here.
City Park’s attractions, which along with public and private events generate 90% of the $22 million annual operating budget, have been closed for the coronavirus shutdowns, putting the park in financial straits even as more people than ever have visiting its trails.
“We invite guests to use the attractions responsibly and continue to maintain the guidelines set by the CDC,” said Bob Becker, CEO for New Orleans City Park in a press release. “We are so grateful to the people who love City Park and to those who have donated money during this time. We strenuously remind people to continue to follow the rules in place so the Park can continue to move forward in Phase 1.”
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