Designed: 1892 – 1894 by Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot | Location: South Park Avenue and McKinley Parkway
South Park became the location of an arboretum displaying trees and shrubs that could grow in Western New York. To cultivate and exhibit plants that could survive only in warmer climates, including desert and tropical flora, a conservancy structure was aligned with the terminus of McKinley Parkway.
South Park Arboretum – an Outdoor Museum of Trees
In 1901, during the Pan American Exposition, Buffalo was celebrated not only as the City of Light, but also the City of Trees. Included in Olmsted’s design was an impressive arboretum, or outdoor museum of trees, to be integrated into South Park. The arboretum provides an opportunity for park visitors to connect with nature while developing a growing understanding and appreciation for trees, shrubs and aquatic collections.
Upon completing a feasibility study in 2018, the South Park Arboretum is currently in Phase 1 of restoration.
Enjoy a TREEventure Around South Park
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
The Conservatory, Botanical Gardens, and Arboretum
South Park Lake
9-Hole Golf Course
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.