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2018-01-31 / Lifestyles

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy......

Celebrating 150 years of Olmsted in Buffalo
by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy will be celebrating 150 years of Frederick Law Olmsted in Buffalo with events throughout 2018. The next event is Olmst educational week, which begins Wednesday, April 18.The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy will be celebrating 150 years of Frederick Law Olmsted in Buffalo with events throughout 2018. The next event is Olmst educational week, which begins Wednesday, April 18.
In 1868, architect Frederick Law Olmsted was approached by William Dorsheimer, a prominent Buffalo attorney, who asked Olmsted to develop a plan for a park, but also a comprehensive public park system within the city of Buffalo. Fast forward to 2018, and the Buffalo Olmsted

Parks Conservancy is celebrating the sesquicentennial year since Olmsted came to Buffalo.

The group, along with some dignitaries, gathered recently at The Buffalo Club for the kickoff celebration, where the conservancy unveiled a commemorative logo and announced a schedule of events to mark this historic year. “Olmsted proclaimed that ‘a park is a work of art,’ and considering those in Buffalo had the foresight to engage this civic investment, our city holds the master gallery of park artwork in living display, and Buffalo was the first to set the trend,” said Stephanie Crockatt, the conservancy’s executive director.


The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy manages and operates more than 850 acres of historic parks, parkways and circles in the Greater Buffalo area. To learn more, visit www.bfloparks.org. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy manages and operates more than 850 acres of historic parks, parkways and circles in the Greater Buffalo area. To learn more, visit www.bfloparks.org. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the first nonprofit organization in the nation to manage and operate an entire urban park system. Its mission is to promote, preserve, restore, enhance and maintain the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks and parkways in the Greater Buffalo area.

The Buffalo Olmsted Park System includes six parks (Cazenovia, Delaware, Front, Martin Luther King Jr., Fillmore Avenue and Riverside); seven parkways (Bidwell, Chapin, Lincoln, McKinley, Porter, Red Jacket and Richmond); and eight landscaped traffic circles (Agassiz, Colonial, Ferry, Gates, McClellan, McKinley, Soldiers and Symphony).

“Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision to create a city within a park continues to impress visitors here 150 years after its inception,” said Patrick Kaler, president and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara. “The Buffalo Olmsted Park System winds its way through every visitor’s experience here. We are grateful that this great American visionary left his mark on our city, and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is working diligently to maintain and restore that legacy.”

The concept of a series of parks connected by a network of “linear parks” was new not only to Buffalo but to America. The Buffalo Olmsted Park System was Olmsted’s first in the country. “When Olmsted came to Buffalo, he did more than design a great park: he designed the first park and parkway system in the nation,” said Kevin Kelly, president of Delaware North Travel Hospitality Division. “This vision connected unique parks with ribbons of green that ran through the city’s residential neighborhoods, bringing the parks to the people.”

The conservancy is holding an Olmsted-ucational week in late April, encompassing Earth Day, Olmsted’s birthday and Arbor Day while launching a new app for the park system. May 11 is the fourth annual “Spring Into Summer Luncheon,” and Sept. 7 is the Frederick Law Olmsted Gala & Afterparty for the Parks 2018.

“It is a pleasure to be here to celebrate this milestone in Buffalo’s history, and to do so as national chairman of the yearlong celebration is a true honor,” said Doug Blonsky, president and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. “The Olmsted Parks are community treasures and resources that bring wealth to this region and generate real economic impact. As we celebrate this year by building awareness and enhancing education about the Olmsted Parks System in Buffalo, I will help ensure that story is told not only to our neighbors but to the world.”

Most recently, the American Planning Association recognized Delaware Park as one of the 2014 Great Places in America and The Guardian named the Olmsted Park System as one of the best park systems in the world.

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is located at 84 Parkside Ave., Buffalo. To learn more about the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, visit www.bflo parks.org.

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