MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to Honor JoAnn Falletta at Siegel Landing
PR CONTACT | Sarah Larkin, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Sarah@bfloparks.org, 716.861.0716
Celebrating her 20th year with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
WHO: Stephanie Crockatt, Executive Director, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Mr. Aaron Siegel, Herb and Aaron Siegel Foundation
JoAnn Falletta, Music Director/Conductor, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
WHAT: The Conservancy will unveil and present a commemorative paver to JoAnn Falletta in honor of her 20th Anniversary with the BPO. We will also celebrate the pavers that were installed as part of the fourth installation at the Landing.
WHERE: The Siegel Landing at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park | 199 Lincoln Parkway
Ceremony to take place at the western shore of Hoyt Lake between the Grand Staircase and the Three Nations Bridge. *In case of inclement weather, the event will take place inside the Marcy Casino. Parking is available on Lincoln Parkway.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6:00pm
About the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the first nonprofit organization in the nation, through a unique public-private partnership, to manage and operate an entire urban park system consisting of more than 850 acres of beautifully designed historic parks, parkways and circles. The Conservancy is an independent not-for-profit, community organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, restore, enhance, and maintain the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks and parkways in the Greater Buffalo area for current and future generations. Since 2004 the Conservancy has held responsibility for the management and care of these nationally registered historic green spaces, and in 2019 the Conservancy and City signed a new 12-year partnership agreement with an approved update to its five-year plan for the Olmsted parks in continuing to assist the City in bringing recognition to its collective renaissance. Designed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted more than 150 years ago, these 25 iconic connective spaces represent the nation’s first urban park system. More than 2.5 million visits occur in Buffalo’s Olmsted Park system annually for recreation, relaxation and rejuvenation. Most recently, the American Planning Association recognized Delaware Park as one of the 2014 Great Places in America, The Guardian publication named Buffalo’s Olmsted park system as one of the best park systems in the world, and in 2018 the Conservancy set a Guinness World Record in historic Bidwell Parkway. www.bfloparks.org
The Buffalo Olmsted Park System includes:
Six parks: Cazenovia, Delaware, Front, Martin Luther King, Jr., Riverside, and South parks
Seven parkways: Bidwell, Chapin, Lincoln, McKinley, Porter, Red Jacket, and Richmond
Eight landscaped traffic circles: Agassiz, Colonial, Ferry, Gates, McClellan, McKinley, Soldiers, and Symphony
About the Siegel Landing
The Siegel Landing restoration was conceived by Herb Siegel, an attorney and philanthropist who founded and served as managing partner of the former Siegel Kelleher & Kahn LLP. Herb and the Siegel Family are longtime supporters of the Conservancy. Herb served on the board from 2004 to 2007 and his son, Aaron, is a current board member. In honor of their love of Hoyt Lake and provide a peaceful space for all to enjoy, the Siegel Family created the Siegel Landing, complete with a $300,000 endowment to ensure future care and maintenance. The significance of the Siegel Landing marks the historic bandstand and boat launch for Gala Water, making the restoration of the Siegel Landing pavers a positive step in preserving Buffalo’s Olmsted Parks. Located at the Western Shore of Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park, Siegel Landing is 20-feet-by40 feet of sitting area highlighted by two benches and a rectangular base of pavers. The 1,000 stones surrounding the area are available for purchase and inscription by other donors to support the space.