New Orleans City Park has reopened most of its attractions, and more people are flocking to its bicycle paths, play areas and picnic spots.
But with a continued burn through its cash reserves and little chance of holding big, money-making events anytime soon, park officials are again looking to Louisiana state government for an injection of money to forestall steeper spending cuts.
A quick glance these days at New Orleans City Park might suggest a thriving public space.
Chief executive officer Bob Becker said he’ll be seeking $5 million in emergency funding from the Legislature beginning Monday, to help plug a multi-million dollar hole that remains in the operating budget despite furloughs and layoffs.
Two earlier funding requests to the state have been denied. But after cutting his $22.5 million budget by 22% — and with weddings and other events that bring in a considerable chunk of the park’s yearly