“WE ARE ALL LIVING IN A SENSITIVE AND CHALLENGING TIME. THE CONSERVANCY STANDS WITH YOU, WITH BUFFALO, OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS, AND OUR PARK PATRONS.
We feel for those who are unwell, please stay home and recuperate. For those who remain healthy, remember that social distancing is not social isolation.
Anyone needing fresh air, to walk your dog, or find a place to reflect and find peace, your parks are here for you. Olmsted designed parks as a place for respite, reflection and daily exercise, and their purpose holds true today. The parks are open to everyone, and while we advise park users to respect social distancing and personal hygiene, the Conservancy reminds you of the amazing value of open greenspace. Take a walk, ride your bike, go for run, find solace and lift your spirit.”
— Stephanie Crockatt, Executive Director, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
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