Delaware Park

At 350 acres, Delaware Park was the largest of the three original parks and was a landscape that Olmsted and Vaux called a “country park”.
Designed: 1868-1870 by Olmsted & Vaux  |  Location: Bordered by Delaware, Elmwood & Parkside Avenues, Amherst Street, Nottingham Terrace, Rte. 198 & Rumsey Road.

The park was a setting for passive recreation in surroundings that evoked an ideal rural world. A rolling meadow dotted with trees and surrounded by woods formed the eastern portion. “There is no more beautiful picture than that of a beautiful meadow, over which level-armed sheltering trees cast broad shadows,” thought Olmsted. Visitors would find refreshment in simply contemplating its broad expanse of green space, strolling its rolling surface, or spreading a blanket on the ground to enjoy a picnic. Walking paths, a carriage drive, and bridle paths offered other possibilities to commune with nature. West of Delaware Avenue, Olmsted and Vaux created a picturesque lake for boating in summer and skating in winter by damning Scajaquada Creek that flowed through the site.

Although today’s park still offers much in the way of original features, many others have yet to be restored. These include Spire Head House (an exotic gazebo designed by Vaux), a quarry garden, bridle paths, and pedestrian pathways.

Olmsted had predicted that Delaware Park was destined to take a “distinguished position among the parks of the world.” Known as many Buffalonians’ favorite Olmsted park, it is also nationally recognized; it was named one of the Great Places in America by the American Planning Association in 2014 and one of the top 10 parks in the world by The Guardian in 2015.

Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tours – FREE

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Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tour of Delaware Park

Special thanks to presenting sponsor, M&T Bank. Download a PDF of the audio tour map here.

Step 1: From your mobile device, type in Tourwand.com/Olmsted
Step 2: Select ‘Delaware Park – South’ or ‘Delaware Park – North
Step 3: Enjoy several points of interests, from the Ivy Bridge to the Zoo Paddock, in any order you would like.

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Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tour of the Japanese Garden in Delaware Park

Special thanks to presenting sponsor, Wegmans. Download a PDF of the audio tour map here.

Step 1: From your mobile device, type in Tourwand.com/Olmsted
Step 2: Select ‘Japanese Garden in Delaware Park
Step 3: Enjoy several points of interests, from the Three Islands to the Buffalo History Museum, in any order you would like.

Powered by Tourwand | Researched and written by Jim Mendola, volunteer historian/archivist | Sound production by Lemur Studios | Audio narrations by Linda Pellegrino

Official Guided Tours (June – September 2018)

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2nd Saturday Walking Tour Around Hoyt Lake

Special thanks to presenting sponsor, M&T Bank. From great white and blue herons to the site of the long-gone Spirehead Gazebo, there are many features to discover in Delaware Park. 2018 tour dates are:

June 9 – Click here to sign up
July 14 – Click here to sign up
August 11 – Click here to sign up
September 8 – Click here to sign up

Useful links: Download Poster | Download Social Media Graphic

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Guided Walking Tour Around The Japanese Garden

Special thanks to presenting sponsor, Wegmans. This walking tour series is held in conjunction with Garden Walk Buffalo and is free for all to attend. Stay tuned for 2018 walking tour dates!

Family Movie Night at Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park

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Enjoy Outdoor Movies with Your Friends & Family

Special thanks to presenting sponsor, Wegmans. Family Movie Night at Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park is a FREE outdoor film series, presented by Wegmans. It is kids friendly and FREE for all to enjoy. 2018 Movie Nights are scheduled on:

August 6 – Event details to come!
August 20 – Event details to come!

Row Hoyt Lake, weather dependent

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Enjoy a free boat ride with your Olmsted Parks membership!

In partnership with the Buffalo Maritime Center, enjoy a boat ride at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park. Boat rentals are $10 per boat ride, and FREE for Olmsted Parks members. Operation hours are:

Monday to Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 1 hour before sunset
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 1 hour before sunset
Rental location: By The Terrace at Delaware Park and Hoyt Lake, 199 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14222
Parking is available along Lincoln Parkway.

To reserve a fleet of 5 rowboats for special events ($100/hour), please contact Captain Ray at the Buffalo Maritime Center at (716) 440-6358. (Available only outside of daily operational hours)

Support Your Parks

Our members are the core of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. With your unrestricted gift to the annual fund, our dedicated team takes care of the 850 acres of Olmsted green spaces in Buffalo. We count on your financial support to keep the Olmsted Parks clean, open spaces where Buffalonians continue to play, exercise and enjoy nature together.

Planning Your Visit

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Amenities

(1) 18 hole Golf Course
(3) Baseball/Softball Diamonds
(6) Football/Soccer/Rugby Fields
(2) Lawn Bowling Courts
(17) Tennis Courts
(4) Basketball Courts
(3) Playgrounds
(17) Picnic Tables
(1) Picnic Shelter

Points of Interest

Marcy Casino
Parkside Lodge (click here for directions)
Hoyt Lake
Rose Garden
The Ivy Bridge
The Japanese Garden

Rental Information

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is responsible for the rental of the Parkside Lodge, the fenced picnic area next to the lodge, croquet courts in Delaware Park, and the Caz Casino in Cazenovia Park.

The Delaware Park Marcy Casino, Rose Garden, and Japanese Garden are rented through Magnolia Events. (716- 886-0088)

FINDING YOUR WAY TO THE PARK