Celebration of Buffalo's Historic Parks

Anniversary of Olmsted's arrival to Buffalo

Matt Moran
August 16, 2018 - 1:18 pm

WBEN Photo/Matt Moran


On August 16, 1868 Renowned Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted came to Buffalo off the invitation of helping design a park like he did in New York City with Central Park. 

Instead of just creating one park he designed America's First Urban Park System. Assemblyman Sean Ryan says many parts of the country are envious of all the parks across the area have to offer. 

"Imagine Buffalo without Delaware Park, without South Park, without Front Park," Ryan said. "It's not the same Buffalo, we are so fortunate and thankful from 150 years ago the people who took a big leap and said let's make a park."

In honor of the 150th annivesary of Olmsted coming to Buffalo, 150 hours will be celebrated over the next week with these events.

  • August 17th, 8:30 p.m.: Free Family Movie Night at Cazenovia Park presented by Wegmans, featuring Antz, in front of the Casino
  • August 17th, Dusk: Buffalo LIT (Landmark Illumination Team), a Mayor Byron W. Brown initiative that will light the city’s skyline including City Hall, the Peace Bridge, Seneca One Tower, The Electric Tower, historic grain elevators, Niagara Falls and more, in Olmsted Orange, to make a statement at night through various illumination effects.  Niagara Falls will also be lit in recognition.
  • August 18th, Dawn to Dusk: Picnic & Play in the Parks encourages park goers to enjoy time exploring the parks and reconnecting with nature, the way Olmsted intended. Both golf courses at Delaware and South Park will be closed the entire day to allow access to the meadows.  With support from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, special “Unstructured Olmsted” play kits will be located in the meadows for the public to use.  If you see an orange tub with a blue top, you’ve found one! Open it up to find all kinds of park approved toys including giant Jenga, bubbles, hula hoops and much, much more! We encourage everyone to come out to the parks to Picnic and Play the old-fashioned way.
  • August 19th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Bark in the Park presented by Univera will bring pet lovers together to enjoy a day at Hoyt Lake with their four-legged friends. Activities include demonstrations from the City’s K-9 unit, a dog parade, training classes, a grooming station and pet expo with local vendors and City of Buffalo Animal Shelter.
  • August 20th, 8 p.m.: Free Family Movie Night at Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park presented by Wegmans, featuring Secret Life of Pets.
  • August 21st, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Keep the beer “FLO”ing Member Happy Hour with Community Beer Works will offer sample pours of CBW beer, including the Frank Beer, which has been renamed “Fred” for the occasion. The Conservancy hopes to recruit 150 new members throughout the week, so join in the fun by purchasing your membership at this event!

Also the Buffalo Skyline and Niagara Falls will be lit in "Olmsted Orange" on Friday night. 

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