Delaware Park

One of Olmsted’s first three parks in Buffalo, Delaware Park serves as the focal point of the Olmsted system and today contains many of Buffalo’s cultural institutions. Simply named The Park by Olmsted, this 350-acre setting serves as Buffalo’s “Central Park”.

The jewel of the Olmsted system, 350 acres of meadow, forest and lake. Much has been accomplished toward the restoration of this park – a new playground in Rumsey Woods, restoration of the Rose Garden, extensive improvements to the Marcy Casino, and many new trees planted throughout. The Conservancy’s headquarters are located in the historic Parkside Lodge (1914), which also houses the Delaware Meadows Golf Course Pro Shop. The Lodge’s handsome “Great Room”, tended croquet lawns, and a fenced picnic lawn are available for rental.

Outside the front doors of the Parkside Lodge was one of Delaware Park’s most magnificent features, a quarry garden. Large amounts of stone were quarried from this location for several structures in the parks and around the city.

In laying out Delaware Park, Olmsted transformed this working quarry into a beautiful quarry garden landscape complete with reflective pools, stone arch bridges and a number of trees and shrubs to accent the natural stone walls. Unfortunately, when the Scajaquada Expressway was built, the quarry garden was buried, leaving behind two stone bridges that are right by the entrance to the Parkside Lodge.

Today, Delaware Park is quintessentially known as Buffalo’s jewel. It is nationally recognized, and was named one of the Great Places in America by the American Planning Association in 2014.

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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

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 (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