FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
An additional 1,500 #FLOmingos will be placed in all Buffalo Olmsted Landscapes
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the first nonprofit organization in the nation to manage and operate a historic urban park system, will attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the “Longest line of garden flamingos” by placing 1,500 plastic pink #FLOmingos (Fredrick Law Olmsted…FLOmingos… get it!) in a line to celebrate 150 years of Olmsted Parks. The current record is held by Pledge the Pink of Callawassie Island, South Carolina, which placed a total of 1,058 flamingos in a line on Aug. 27, 2016.
Stephanie Crockatt, Executive Director, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Phillip Robertson, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Adjudicator
Several distinguished donors, dignitaries and guests
10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 21
(between Elmwood Avenue and West Delavan Avenue)
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy marks the 150th year of Fredrick Law Olmsted’s revolutionary change to the Buffalo community with a fun and official attempt at the world’s longest #FLOmingos line. The pink lawn piece, which has been popularized by many landscape architecture programs and organizations as a tongue in cheek symbol, has also gained momentum across the country as a symbol of environmental stewardship.
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is jumping on this symbolism by using the #FLOmingos to raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit. Area residents can adopt one of the #FLOmingos from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 to proudly display their support for Fredrick Law Olmsted and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy during the 150th celebration. #FLOmingos left unadopted will be recycled the following day by Next Level Plastics, which will create a bench that will be placed in the park system for future use.
About the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the first nonprofit organization in the nation to manage and operate an entire urban park system that consists of over 850 acres of beautifully designed parks, parkways and circles. The park system was designed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, 150 years ago and today, more than 2.5 million people use Buffalo’s historic, award-winning Olmsted Park System annually for recreation, relaxation and rejuvenation. Since 2004, basic maintenance of the parks has been greatly improved since the groundbreaking public/private agreement between the City of Buffalo, Erie County and The Buffalo Park Conservancy. The Conservancy is a membership-based, community organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, restore, enhance and maintain the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed landscape in the Greater Buffalo area. Learn more at: www.bfloparks.org.
The Buffalo Olmsted Park System includes:
Six parks: Cazenovia Park in South Buffalo, Delaware Park in Delaware/Parkside District, Front Park at the Peace Bridge, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at Fillmore Avenue, Riverside Park at Niagara and Tonawanda Street, and South Park at McKinley Parkway
Seven parkways: Bidwell, Chapin, Lincoln, McKinley, Porter, Red Jacket, and Richmond
Eight landscaped traffic circles: Agassiz, Colonial, Ferry, Gates, McClellan, McKinley, Soldiers, and Symphony