Be a Rock-n-Roll Volunteer THIS Weekend

Race Day is THIS weekend

190 more volunteers are needed for this weekend’s event.

Here is the list of available shifts and number of volunteers needed:

Thursday Expo Setup – Convention Center Hall J
1pm(may be finished earlier) (10 vols needed)
Unboxing athlete shirts and placing in large bins according to size. NO heaving lifting.

Friday Expo Morial Convention Center Hall J
11am-3pm (20 vols needed) or 2pm-6pm (40 Volunteers needed).
(I can adjust these times if someone needs flexibility)

Saturday 5k – City Park, Roosevelt Mall Drive
530am-830am – 25 Volunteers needed

Start Line
– St Charles/Camp & Poydras 5:30am-830pm

Start Area Corral Captains – 30 needed
This is a great shift for those running – you can be at the front of your corral or in a different corral. *Participants can help too! Simply Hold the Rope at the front of the corral…. walk to the starting line, and Drop the rope as you reach the starting line.
EASY BREEZY….. You can even pick what corral you would like to be captain of!**
Your shift ends when you reach the start line!!

Finish Line – City Park – Roosevelt Mall Drive
(1) Finish line – 6am-12pm, distributing medals, refreshments at 10k, half and full marathon sides. (75 volunteers needed) FREE PARKING near CITY PARK.

Volunteers can sign up online:
Call (504)301-6100 with any questions.

All volunteers will receive a race-crew shirt, complimentary parking and are
entered to win a whole slew of prizes
Thanks so much! Let me know if you have any questions, or need anything else! Have a great day!

**GROUPS of 10 or more may be eligible for donation. Call (504) 301-6100 for more details.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to volunteer.
Please feel free to forward this to friends family.

Jodi Archer
Volunteer Coordinator
Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon
Phone: 504.301.6100


New Orleans City Park will hold two public workshops to receive input about future uses of Park land in the area generally bounded by Scout Island, I-610, Wisner and Harrison Avenues.</h2

Get up early.
Show up at 8:30 a.m.
Speak up at the meeting Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Arbor Room in City Park.

poppfountainarborroomsign2016oct14The first will be Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at the Arbor Room, 30 Zachary Taylor Drive, in New Orleans City Park, and the second on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm again at the Arbor Room.

This process could lead to a formal amendment to the Park’s Master Plan.   Participants at the first workshop will be divided into groups to work together to present and discuss their ideas for the site.

Concept plans will then be prepared and the public’s input on those concepts received at the second workshop.

Comments and ideas about this area of the Park may also be expressed by commenting on this link.

Comments may be sent through Monday, October 17, 2016.

If you want to share with others, please do not share the survey url as it unique to each person. To share, please copy this page’s url.


Juke, Jump, and Jive in City Park on October 5th


Juke, Jump & Jive: A benefit for the St. Jude Community Center

Patron Party:  The Parkview Terrace at The Casino at City Park above Morning Call

6:00-7:00 PM

Entertainment by The Gumbo Trio

Individual ticket $150  Sponsor $1,000 for 8 persons

Main Event Concert: Pavilion of the Two Sisters

Doors open at 7:00 PM  Open Bar

Show starts at 7:30 PM

Deacon John & The Ivories & The Dixie Cups

Main Event Ticket $75



by Keith Hardie, Jr.

70% of those who use public parks use them for passive purposes. But municipalities too often look at parks as vacant unused land that needs to be developed and programmed. Our own master plan warns against this kind of thinking:

City Park in New Orleans
City Park in New Orleans

Cities that give up park land end up regretting it. A robust network of green space and parks is a critical asset for quality of life and urban success. It helps retain existing residents and attracts new ones.  When cities looking for “free land” establish other public facilities on park land, they are chipping away at the community’s overall inventory of park land.  Often, it is more costly or otherwise more difficult to acquire new park land. For this reason, it is important to make sure that, at a minimum, the city maintain a commitment to keeping the same overall amount of park land that it has at present.”     Master Plan, Vol 2, Chap 7. p 15.

But, despite this language, our parks continue to be threatened by development and overprogramming. That’s why we need to amend the Master Plan to put language in Chapter 14 (the one that everyone agrees has the force of law) to stop commercialization and development in our parks.  We need parks for residents, not parking lots and “attractions” for tourists.”

article below by Charles A. Birnbaum President & CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation

 Has the time come to refine how we measure the value of historic parks like  Audubon and City Parks in New Orleans?

What about the irreplaceable historic and cultural values that are embedded in these places?

The Trust for Public Land’s annual ParkScore® Index ranks land owned by regional, state, and federal agencies within the 100 most populous U.S. cities—including school playgrounds formally open to the public and greenways that function as parks. The ranking criteria includes acreage (park acreage as a percent of city area), facilities and investment (spending per resident), and access (the number of residents within a ten-minute walk). However, the measure of acreage doesn’t take into account parkland and open space lost to new construction within a park. Consequently, the measure of overall acreage may not be affected by new construction within a park, but the amount of actual open space is.

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Audubon Park, New Orleans, LA, showing loss of public open space.

In New Orleans,  open space in Audubon Park today only accounts for about one third of the park; it’s a sliver around the park’s periphery, along with some other limited interstitial space. City Park could soon lose eight acres to the Children’s Museum expansion. That’s a quantitative and qualitative difference that needs to be measured, particularly as it affects many residents’ quality of life.

City Park in New Orleans
City Park in New Orleans

With the renaissance of cities, and more and more users taking advantage of our municipal parks, when will the public demand that open space be left open? Will we draw a line in the grass that says municipalities can no longer repurpose meadows for museums and trade pastoral parkland for parking? Will we declare that parks held in public trust—especially masterworks designed by great landscape architects—are not free for the taking?

The majority of our park users—more than 70%—use public parks for passive enjoyment. These vulnerable spaces are living, connective tissue composed of soil, rock, trees and lawn; but more than that, they tell our stories as a community and a nation.

Thursdays at Twilight


Thursdays at TwilightThursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series begins at 6 p.m. at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in the Botanical Gardens at City Park located on Victory Drive in New Orleans.

Thursdays at Twilight Concert Series

Schedule of Concerts at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park

Thursdays at TwilightWhat: Join music lovers in City Park to hear some of New Orleans’ favorite performers during the “Thursdays at Twilight” concert series. Bring your friends to enjoy this very popular series with an array of musicians and mint juleps indoors at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. This series is sponsored by the Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation with support from WWNO 89.9 FM.

Admission is $10 per person. Mint juleps, wine, beer, soft drinks, water, and food are available for purchase. No outside food, drink, or pets are allowed.

Advance tickets are available online at Advance tickets may also be purchased over the phone at 504-483-9488 or at the Botanical Garden Gift Shop. Thursdays at Twilight Series Season Passes are also available for purchase.

When: Thursday Evenings

5 pm – Gates Open, 6 pm – Performance Begins

Thursdays at Twilight

Where: Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park

Contact: New Orleans Botanical Garden: phone: 504-483-9488 or email:

June through August 2016 schedule:

June 2 – John Boutté

Voted Best Male Vocalist of the year at both the Best of the Beat and the Big Easy Awards. His song “Treme” is the theme song of the popular HBO series. Those who were lucky to attend his sold out concert last year were part of a magical night. Don’t miss this year’s show. For more information about the band, visit

June 9 – Bon Operatit

Consists of New Orleans opera singers Lauren Mouney Gisclair, Jesse Nolan, and Mary Penick Akin. From La Boheme to Phantom of the Opera, they perform a perfect pairing of opera and musical theatre hits that are sure to invigorate the senses. For more information about the band, visit

June 16 – New Orleans Mystics

Buy your tickets early so you will not miss this show featuring the music of Motown. Songs from the Temptations, O’Jays, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding will all be part of this soulful tribute to some of the greatest music from the 1970’s.

June 23 – Symphony Chorus of New Orleans

The Symphony Chorus will perform Shubert and Vivaldi in the first half of the concert, and then music about New Orleans and Louisiana in the second half. Should be a great mix of music. For more information about the band, visit

June 30 – Rocky’s Hot Fox Trot Orchestra

Celebrate the traditions of our New Orleans swing era with an energetic, upbeat patriotic concert. The program will include hits from the era of the WWII “greatest generation”, popular modern tunes, and patriotic tributes. This swing ensemble features a full horn section with vocals. For more information about the band, visit

July 7 – Chucky C and Clearly Blue

Chucky C’s (Charles Elam, III) charisma has earned him the title, “The King of Feel Good.” This versatile entertainer blends all of his musical influences from jazz to pop, Dixieland to blues and can change gears to satisfy diverse audiences making him a real crowd pleaser.

July 14 – Boogiemen Swing Band

Will be performing the music of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble’, Harry Connick Jr. and more…..” Don’t miss this special night of music!! For more information about the band, visit

July 21 – Ronnie Kole

Jazz pianist Ronnie Kole’s smooth sound and elegant demeanor have earned him respect from musicians across the globe. Kole sharpened his skills in Al Hirt’s club and Kole’s Corner on Bourbon Street. He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2012 and has recorded 32 CD/LP’s. This New Orleans-based pianist keeps busy performing concerts across the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information about the band, visit

July 28 – Ladies of Soul

You know Naydja CoJoe, Rechelle Cook, and Sharon Martin as, “The Ladies of Soul,” having performed at the Garden with The Mystics. They will not only sing a bit of Motown, but also Jazz, R & B, and familiar New Orleans tunes.

August 4 – Bruce Daigrepont

Music came to Bruce at an early age, and in the most traditional manner–handed down from father to son. When he was growing up, no family gathering was complete without a little playing and singing. His father picked the guitar, “Carter Family-style,” while his Uncle Alton lent a remarkable voice to the traditional Cajun songs and old-time country ballads. Bruce Daigrepont almost single-handedly has popularized Cajun music and Cajun dancing in cosmopolitan New Orleans. For more information about the band, visit

August 11 – Julio and Cesar

Originally from Guatemala, Julio and Cesar Herrera have been in New Orleans for over 30 years. They describe their music as constantly evolving, attributing this, in part, to their exposure from an early age to many cultures. For more information about the band, visit

August 18 – Pfister Sisters

Holley Bendtsen, Yvette Voelker, Debbie Davis and Amasa Miller comprise one of the few groups that represent the New Orleans swing era, with their recreation of the Boswell Sisters arrangements, and the only act featuring vocal jazz harmony. They bring joy to your soul, harmony to your ears, and the best and biggest boogie-woogie to your feet. For more information about the band, visit

August 25 – Mark Brooks and Friends

Mark Brooks is one of New Orleans’ most talented, versatile, and sought after bassist. Mark has played and toured with an array of artists including Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Henry Butler, Charles and Aaron Neville’s Ensembles, Lou Rawls, Fats Domino, Ellis Hall Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Harry Connick, Sr. Mark is known for his diversity with the different styles of music ranging from Rhythm & Blues, Contemporary Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Blues, and Gospel. For more information about the band, visit



City Park is proud to announce the parking lot next to the First NBC sponsored City Putt is complete and ready for patrons’ cars!

The former site of tennis courts, the parking lot will hold 64 cars. New plaza areas have also been built between the entrance to City Putt and the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn.

Many thanks to the visitors who have patiently allowed construction to continue.
It is wonderful to have the parking lot, plazas, and sidewalks completed.

cityputtCheck out City Putt in City Park for family fun

During Father’s Day weekend, June 17th through 19th, tickets for City Putt will be BOGO (buy one, get one free).

Each day of the promotion, players who get a hole-in-one at either of the courses, will have their name placed in a hopper to win a $100 cash gift card (10 winners) or tickets to City Park Attractions (ten winners).

City Putt will also offer free popcorn for our guests playing mini golf.

City Putt is a 36-hole mini golf complex with two courses: the Louisiana Course highlights cultural themes and cities from around the state; the New Orleans Course showcases streets and iconic themes from around the city, with signs detailing the city’s historic sites at each hole. City Putt is 100 percent ADA accessible.

New Orleans City Park wants to send a special shout-out of thanks to First NBC for being City Putt’s title sponsor. The City Park family is so grateful to have First NBC on board!

Looking for a unique location for a birthday party or special event?

City Putt is the only mini golf complex in New Orleans! City Putt’s Clubhouse has
two party rooms available to rent and birthday/event packages available. For
more information or to book a room for a birthday party, call (504) 483-9458.

WHEN: June 17th and 18th from 10 am to midnight (last rental at 11pm)
June 19th from 10 am to 10pm (last rental at 9pm)

WHERE: City Putt: 8 Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119

EVENT PRICE: Buy one round; get one round free:
1 Course Play Ages 13+ $8
1 Course Play Children (4-12) $6
2nd round in same visit $4
Children (0-3) Free

REGULAR HOURS: Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday: 10am to 10pm (last rental at 9pm)
Monday: only open for corporate/private events
Friday & Saturday: 10am to midnight (last rental at 11pm)

City Park: is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational
activities, attractions for children, and its natural beauty. City Park has
a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must
visit for visitors to the city. As a popular place to picnic, play a
favorite sport, wander through its gardens or take a boat ride- the Park
receives millions of visitors each year. It is located in the heart of the
city and is the largest recreation area for the entire metropolitan area.
Attractions include: City Putt, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland
fairytale playground, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and numerous
athletic venues. The 1,300 acres of parkland provide enjoyment for young
children playing on our playgrounds and walkers, joggers, and bicyclists
winding through the Park’s streets and trails.

Dr. Robert Datzman Helped Maintain the City’s Beauty

Dr. Datzman photo by Charlie London
Dr. Datzman
photo by Charlie London

Dr. Robert Datzman served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Flight Surgeon. He earned his Medical Degree in Radiology from Indiana University and Medical School. He co-founded Ft. Wayne Radiology and started the first hospice team at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN.

His love affair with New Orleans prompted him to move here in 1979. He was a Radiologist with BBNH Radiology Group at Jo Ellen Smith Hospital for over 10 years. After his retirement, he pursued his interests in Archaeology, Genealogy, and the Civil War. He so loved the local cuisine that he visited and rated over 700 restaurants in the New Orleans area.

To help maintain the city’s beauty, he dedicated himself to a daily routine of picking up litter in the City Park/Esplanade area. This dedication made him a local celebrity. He was a member of New Orleans Radiology, the Civil War Round Table, and the World War II Museum. Published in The Times-Picayune on 5/11/2008.

Dr. Robert Datzman picked up trash all throughout City Park and Faubourg St. John.  Robert Thompson gave him free coffee for life when Robert owned Fair Grinds.   Robert sent in the photo below and added the following comment, “The photo  I sent you shows his “logs” on the table, records of everything he picked up over those years!  He claimed to have found one of every kind of paper currency except the largest one. All went into the poor box at Holy Rosary. A real special guy in my estimation.”