Not a bird, not a blade of grass, City Park looked like a wasteland in late 2005.
Park leaders on Thursday kicked off a series of events highlighting the recovery and rejuvenation ten years beyond Katrina.
Ten new live oaks line the festival grounds, planted to commemorate the upcoming anniversary.
City Park plans to put up large photo boards around Big Lake, showing what the park looked like after the storm and what it looks like today.
"The message that we've been sending to everybody and that's the board's message quite frankly after the hurricane is hey, we don't want to repair a hurricane damaged park, we want to build a world-class park, " says City Park's John Hopper. "That's what we've been striving to do."