The Buffalo Olmsted Park System comprises of 6 parks, 7 parkways, 8 landscaped circles and several smaller spaces.
There are canopies of green — the parkways and avenues. Olmsted’s parkways link the six main parks and also integrate the park system with the rest of the city.Once called “Park Approaches,” some of his parkways were 200 feet wide and lined on both sides by lush elm trees that formed “canopies of green.” The parkways were designed to allow visitors to travel from one park to another without leaving the serenity of these green spaces. Olmsted wanted these areas to be “more park-like than town-like,” an effect he most certainly achieved. It is our nation’s first system of parks and historic parkways, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. In 1876, Olmsted proclaimed Buffalo to be “the best planned city … in the United States, if not the world.” Today our city retains its remarkable urban fabric thanks to the vision of this extraordinary man, as well as the support of thousands of Buffalonians and friends who enjoy the parks every day.