Rainbow City in Caddo Common Park

Shreveport Times

Caddo Common Park’s spring, summer, and fall programming will launch this month, announced The Parish of Caddo Parks and Recreation Department and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

Caddo Common Park is the city’s first programmable greenspace, located in the heart of Shreveport Common on the western edge of downtown. The program series is sponsored by Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and combines a healthy dose of exercise, wellness education, and fitness opportunities with dynamic, diverse arts programming. 

All programs and activities are free of charge and are designed for multi-generational audiences.

Caddo Common Park programming kicks off from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 25 with “Sunday in the Park.” Featured artists include Chessi May leading yoga, a hands-on art activity with Jerry Davenport, and plein air painting with Bonnie Kirkley demonstrating watercolor techniques. Performances will be by HARK!, Songbook of the South, “Little Mermaid” by StageCenter Theatre Company, and an AMP concert produced by Chris Chandler of the American Millennium Project featuring The Joanitones.

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Rainbow City Sponsor Sneak Peek was Nov. 1 in Rainbow City at Caddo Common Park. (Photo: Paul L. Schuetze/The Times)

A special edition to “Sundays in the Park” is the addition of the area arts organization and Shreveport Common social service organizations who are participating in Give for Good, the online giving program through the Community Foundation of North Louisiana.  Visitors may meet the staff and learn about the programming of these organizations that are registered for Give for Good. There will also be food trucks and a small arts market.

Beginning in May, there are weekly and monthly programs to get the community off the couch and into the park and shaped up for adventure. The monthly lineup includes:

Starting on Wednesday, May 5,  every first Wednesday of the month is “Wellness Wednesday” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with fitness instruction and warm-ups to help participants walk a mile through and around Caddo Common Park. Also, a wellness education program will be presented by Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport along with Cattina Williams, Recreation Coordinator, and Mary Murphy, Athletics and Fitness Coordinator for Caddo Parish Parks & Recreation.

Starting on Thursday, May 6 and every first Thursday of the month, Caddo Parish Parks & Recreation presents “Fit and Strong Thursdays” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with creative core building and strengthening games and exercises designed with older adult fitness in mind, but open to all. 


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“Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation is proud to work side by side the Shreveport Regional Arts Council to take health, fitness, wellness and recreation to a whole new level in a whole new park — Caddo Common Park the epicenter for health and creativity in Caddo Parish,” said Patrick Wesley, Director of Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation. 

Caddo Common Park is located at 865 Texas Avenue, in the heart of Shreveport Common, the City’s newest/oldest cultural community spanning nine blocks in the western edge of Downtown. 

Within weeks, construction begins on the Theatre Pavilion with a state-of-the-art Digital Wall by Ochsner LSU Health, signaling an opportunity for major outdoor concerts and theatrical events, movies, and even sports games projected for all to see. 

“We want the community to come and experience intimate events and exercise opportunities in Caddo Common Park to prepare for the big theatre experience coming soon,” said Natorshau Davis, Caddo Common Park Coordinator for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

“We are proud to partner with the Parish of Caddo and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council to encourage healthy lifestyles through the venue of Caddo Common Park,” said Chuck Daigle, CEO for Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport. “Many of the Fitness Instructors and Wellness Activities will come from the Louisiana State University Health Shreveport while monthly healthy heart recipes and other wellness programming are developed by the team at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.”

Organizations and groups are encouraged to book creative public productions in Caddo Common Park. Programs are approved by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and must receive a City of Shreveport Permit. Call or email Natorshau Davis at [email protected] or (318) 673-6500.

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