The New Orleans City Park, located in the heart of New Orleans, suffered extreme damage due to Hurricane Katrina. The park is 1,300 acres and the hurricane flooded ninety percent of it with salt water, killing close to 1,000 trees. The park is a primary recreation area for the entire metropolitan area. Among other attractions, it is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art and the largest collection of mature live oaks in the world. Over 11 million visitors annually visited the park before Katrina. With American Forests funding, Friends of City Park planted 173 trees in the park during 2007 to replace some of the trees that died. Among the trees planted were bald cypress, crape myrtle, live oak and magnolia. The planting of trees brings New Orleans City Park one step closer to the restoration of the park for the people of New Orleans.
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