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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gardening mishap turns CITY PARK boxwood sign into TY PARK

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM

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And you thought you were having a bad day. Pity the gardener at New Orleans City Park who absentmindedly cut down two of the letters in New Orleans City Park's iconic topiary sculpture before realizing his mistake.

The bushes that have for years spelled CITY PARK on City Park Avenue now spell TY PARK. A small portion of the I remains.

"That would be called a mistake," City Park spokesman John Hopper told Gambit this afternoon. "Some mistakes are bigger than others."

Saying that a contractor had made the error, Hopper stressed that "the park assumes full responsibility. Somebody should have been supervising the work."

Hopper added that park officials are working "feverishly" to repair the boxwood letters. "We found some boxwoods at a nursery on the Northshore and we'll be transplanting them in the next couple of days," he said. "Then we'll trim 'em up and see how they look.

"We're not pointing any fingers," Hopper said. "It was just one of those mornings where everything that could go wrong does go wrong. You know how when you go into surgery, they write on your leg 'Cut this leg, not that leg'? We probably should have done something like that."

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