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Planters Donates Peanut-Shaped Park To New Orleans

Planters Donates Peanut-Shaped Park To New Orleans

Planters, the company famous for marketing its wares with a talking peanut, recently opened the first Planters Grove, a peanut-shaped urban park in New Orleans’ historic Central City.

Still struggling to restore the city since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the more recent Gulf oil spill, residents of New Orleans hope that the park will provide a natural, inspirational place for the community to relax and play.

Architect Ken Smith's rendering for the Planters Grove in New Orleans.

Renowned landscape architect Ken Smith designed the park at 2047 Felicity Street with strong input from the community.  Part urban revitalization, part art, the Planters Grove is inspired with New Orleans influences found in locally-sourced reclaimed materials and native and local plants and flowers.

A windowpane display made of reclaimed windows from homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina outlines the peanut-shaped park exterior.  The windows, painted prominently in unique shades of local colors, allow a clear view into the park and provide a bold first impression from Simon Bolivar Avenue and Euterpe Street.

Additional features include:

  • A statue of Mr. Peanut seated on a peanut-shaped bench greets visitors into the Planters Grove
  • A boardwalk entrance at Simon Bolivar Avenue made of treated pine wood and featuring ceramic street tiles
  • Sixteen 18-foot native bald cypress trees
  • A bog garden and meadow growing a variety of local plants and flowers such as Swamp Lilies and White Prairie Glovers
  • Recycled concrete pavement makes up a community-gathering spot called the Legume Plaza
  • Common planting areas for families and youth to learn more about horticulture
  • Colorful Adirondack chairs made of recycled materials

Local Corps members plant in the Legume Plaza of the Planters Grove, which is surrounded by a windowpane display made of reclaimed windows from homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

In coming weeks, the Planters Grove will feature additional sustainable elements such as solar lighting and a rainwater collection tank attached to a neighboring home.

As part of its brand citizenship, Planters has committed, in collaboration with The Corps Network, to developing green, natural spaces called Planters Groves across the U.S.

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Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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7:11AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thanks

2:32PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

How nice. Thanks Beth.

1:08AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

nice idea

5:17PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

thanks Planters

4:42AM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

where are the swings?

2:18PM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Its a good idea..wonder how long before the windows and benchs are all busted.
Lets hope the police and neigbours are keeping an eye on it!

10:00AM PDT on Mar 25, 2011

Its a neat idea..wonder how long before the windows and benchs are all busted. If neighbors are worried about drug dealers, you know its not a good neighborhood to plan on going to with your kids. I'm not sure of the actual location.

9:55AM PDT on Mar 25, 2011

TALKING PEANUT? IS IT A GADGET OR ONLY ONE TALKING PEANUT THAT APPEARS ON TV? IF IT'S A GADGET IT'S MADE OF WHAT? HOW MANY CARBON TO MAKE IT? HOW MANY CARBON DOES THIS PARK OFFSET?
I'M SORRY, I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT BECAUSE I'M EUROPEAN AS MANY CARE2 MEMBERS ARE TOO. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THINGS WE DON'T KNOW MAYBE YOU COULD ADD A LITTLE EXPLANATION. I THINK WE DESERVE THIS "CARE" ONCE WE CARE FOR YOU AND HELP SIGN PETITIONS ALSO FOR YOUR ISSUES! OF COURSE, WE DO THIS BECAUSE WE ARE ONE, LIVING IN ONE WORLD AND SHOULD CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER; THAT'S WHY SOMETIMES WE FEEL A LITTLE EXCLUDED.......
I THINK IS GOOD TO DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR NEW ORLEANS, ANYWAY!

1:51PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Good for them! Thanks.

1:30PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Good time to start new buidling parks etc.

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