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 1870’s it quickly became Buffalo’s most popular park with more than 5,000 visitors on the weekends and over 1,000 visitors on weekdays.
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You are cordially invited to join us on Friday, September 7, 2018 for a celebratory evening of 150 years of Olmsted Parks in Buffalo and an Afterparty for the Parks. Frederick Law Olmsted Gala, co-chaired by Aaron Siegel & Amy Abrahamson Attire: Creative Black Tie 6:00 PM Dinner guests arrive, champagne reception, silent auction 7:00 PM Gourmet dinner served, catered by Rich Products Presentation of the Frederick Law Olmsted Award - Margaret D. Jacobs Live Auction Gala Ticket Price Individual Ticket: $…Find out more »
A community calendar featuring events held within our parks. Some events are sponsored by BOPC and others by members of the community.