Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy: Delaware Park
One of Olmsted's first three parks in Buffalo, Delaware Park serves as the focal point of the Olmsted system and today contains many of Buffalo's cultural institutions. Simply named The Park by Olmsted, this 350-acre setting serves as Buffalo's "Central Park".
The jewel of the Olmsted system, 350 acres of meadow, forest and lake. Much has been accomplished toward the restoration of this park - a new playground in Rumsey Woods, restoration of the Rose Garden, extensive improvements to the Marcy Casino, and many new trees planted throughout. The Conservancy's headquarters are located in the historic Parkside Lodge (1914) which also houses the Delaware Meadows Golf Course Pro Shop. The Lodge's handsome "Great Room", tended croquet lawns, and a fenced picnic lawn are available for rental. The Lodge also boasts recently renovated restrooms and locker rooms.
Outside the front doors of the Parkside Lodge was one of Delaware Park's most magnificent features, a Quarry Garden. The city of Buffalo quarried large amounts of stone from this location in Delaware Park for most of the structures in the parks as well as others around the city. In laying out Delaware Park Olmsted transformed this working quarry into a beautiful quarry garden landscape complete with reflective pools, stone arch bridges and a number of trees and shrubs to accent the natural stone walls. Unfortunately, when the Scajaquada Expressway was built, some of the landfill was dumped here and the garden was lost. The Conservancy is committed to uncovering this secret garden.
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