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How the Olmsted Park System Shaped Buffalo

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BUSINESSMEN KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED TO DO FOR THE EMERGING CITY, SO THEY WENT OUT AND HIRED THE BEST. THE RESULT WAS AN ENVIABLE PARK SYSTEM.

As Buffalo’s Olmsted Parks system prepares to celebrate the 200th birthday of its namesake, it’s worth noting that the system might never have happened had it not been for the ambition, ingenuity and envy of the city’s early business leaders.

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Losses and gains: How the Buffalo Olmsted Parks system changed over the years

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FOR ALL THE DEVELOPMENT IN THE EARLY YEARS OF THE BUFFALO OLMSTED PARK SYSTEM, THERE HAVE BEEN BIG PIECES LOST ALONG THE WAY, INCLUDING A REFRACTORY LOST TO FIRE; A NEARLY 5-ACRE ROSE GARDEN WHERE THE BUFFALO MUSEUM OF SCIENCE WAS BUILT AT MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARK; A LAKE HOUSE AT FRONT PARK; AND THE ORIGINAL MARCY CASINO AT DELAWARE PARK.

The system also lost a few smaller parks entirely, including Bennett Park in South Park and Masten Park, where the high school bearing that name was built.

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Olmsted Parks Conservancy hires Margaret Lapp after national search

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NATIONAL SEARCHES HAVE RESULTED IN NONPROFIT EXECUTIVES COMING TO BUFFALO FOR POSITIONS AT COMMUNITY ACTION ORGANIZATION OF WNY AND THE BUFFALO OLMSTED PARKS CONSERVANCY.

Olmsted Parks hired Margaret Lapp as its first curator for the South Park Arboretum. Lapp holds a master’s in landscape architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry and a master’s in public health from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Read More
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