Tucked away in Central City and a few blocks north of the growing Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard lies a park you’ll go nuts for. In 2011, Planters, the national nut snack brand, opened the Planters Grove park as part of a sustainability initiative. Built by The Corps Network, the national member organization for Service and Conservation Corps, with its local member corps, Limitless Vistas, Inc. and the Louisiana Green Corps/ARC of Greater New Orleans, this quirky park was designed to provide a natural, inspirational place for the community to enjoy.
The New Orleans Planters Grove is located at 2047 Felicity St. in the historic Central City neighborhood. This peanut-shaped park designed by renowned landscape architect Ken Smith, and with strong input from the community, is part urban revitalization, part art. The Planters Grove incorporates New Orleans through locally-sourced reclaimed materials and native plants and flowers.
A colorful windowpane display made of reclaimed windows from homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina outlines the peanut-shaped park. This lovely park also features a boardwalk entrance, the city’s iconic ceramic street tiles, a meadow growing a variety of local plants and flowers and peanut-shaped benches for visitors to enjoy.
Photos by Liz Beeson