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.
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
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.