Originally called The Front, Front Park was once the most popular recreational destination in the city and a prominent Buffalo icon. As with Delaware Park, Olmsted himself chose the location, but with a different vision in mind.
While Delaware Park was to conjure up the sights and sounds of nature, Front Park was to emphasize the natural elements that were unique to Buffalo: the Niagara River and Lake Erie. The park’s spectacular view of the waterways from its commanding bluffs, Olmsted wrote, “would be peculiar to Buffalo and would have a character of magnificence.” Grand, regal, and more formal than many other Olmsted landscapes, The Front was designed for “stately ceremonies,” “civic display,” and other public events. Once the park was opened in the 1870s, it quickly became Buffalo’s most popular park with more than 5,000 visitors on the weekends and over 1,000 visitors on weekdays.
Today, the Conservancy is working to ensure that the Peace Bridge Expansion Project will create a vibrant, healthy neighborhood connected to a vibrant, healthy park that also serves as an impressive, welcoming international gateway between the U.S and Canada. In spring 2004, we demolished the unsightly brick park building that obscured the view of the water, thus restoring the scenic overlook from this Olmsted Park. There are a number of restoration and rehabilitation projects slated for Front Park in the coming months and years. The Public Bridge Authority and the City of Buffalo have alocated over 2 million dollars for interim improvement for the park including a substantial pathway restoration project and full reconstruction of the terrace overlook plaza.
NEW. Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tour of Olmsted’s West Side
Thanks to presenting sponsor Rich Products, learning all about our Olmsted Park System is as easy as 1-2-3! Download a PDF of the audio tour map here.
Step 1: From your mobile device, type in Tourwand.com/Olmsted
Step 2: Select ‘Olmsted’s West Side’
Step 3: Enjoy 11 points of interests, from the Perry Monument to Ferry Circle, in any order you would like.
Planning Your Visit
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 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)