The $2.3 million reception hall is next to the Popp Fountain and is being paid for with FEMA money and funds raised by the Friends of City Park.
What: A new venue – The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain – is set to open at New Orleans City Park. The Arbor Room replaces a structure that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Costing $2.6 million, the Arbor Room has exquisite views of both Popp Fountain and a field of mature trees. The 5,200 square foot facility accommodates 400 guests for a standing reception or 350 for a seated affair. The party can expand to more than 1,000 by utilizing outdoor patios and the adjacent Popp Fountain. The ceiling soars to 28 feet on the west side of the building.
Additional features of the Arbor Room include a bride’s room and a full kitchen.
Over the past few weeks, hundreds of volunteers and park staff have worked to plant more than 100 trees and install other extensive landscaping in and around the complex.
Funding for the Arbor Room was provided by FEMA, Friends of City Park and City Park.
When: The Arbor Room has been under construction for just over one year. Media is welcome to stop by on Sunday, October 2nd between noon and 3 p.m. to witness more than 1,200 Latter and Blum agents and staff enjoying the new facility at a company picnic.
What they are saying: “The public and event planners really like the new facility. We have more than 40 events scheduled at the Arbor Room over the next six months” said Pat O’Shaughnessy, Director of Sales for City Park.
“We are so excited about having our annual company picnic at this new venue. The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain and surrounding grounds are spectacular and they meet our needs exactly” stated Bob Merrick, CEO Latter & Blum Inc. “We anticipate a great event and hope to come back year after year.”