Designed: 1868 – 1870 by Olmsted & Vaux | Location: Porter & Busti Avenues
The chief feature of The Front was the semi-circular terrace designed to command a panoramic view of Lake Erie and the opening of the Niagara River. Here, Olmsted remarked, one could observe “a river effect such as can be seen, I believe, nowhere else — a certain quivering of the surface and a rare tone of color, the result of the crowding upward of the lake waters as they enter the deep portal of the Niagara.”
With this prospect of water and infinity as background, the terrace, Olmsted thought, would also be an impressive setting for public ceremonies. “The root of all my work,” he said, “has been an early respect for and enjoyment of scenery.” Olmsted and Vaux’s plan also incorporated a large field for baseball and other sports. The park once included the adjacent grounds of Fort Porter, now the site of the Peace Bridge plaza. Learn more about your Buffalo Olmsted Park System at the official map & guide.
Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tour of Olmsted’s West Side
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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
Points of Interest
The Terrace (beautiful view of Lake Erie)
The Perry Monument
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is responsible for the rental of the Parkside Lodge, the fenced picnic area next to the Parkside Lodge, croquet courts in Delaware Park, the Japanese Garden in Delaware Park and the Crotty Casino in Cazenovia Park.
The Marcy Casino and Rose Garden in Delaware Park is rented through Magnolia Events.