Photos Courtesy: Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Olmsted-ucation week is in full swing. Although it has already started, there is still time to get out and attend events within the next couple days. The week commemorates architect Frank Law Olmsted’s  creation of  the park system 150 years ago.

Remember when this video got everyone to stop pining after silver bullets like Bass Pro and realize we already had an incredible city? We were able to re-embrace its strengths, namely its design, and start building again.


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Along with the week full of events, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservatory also released their first ever interactive application.  The Olmsted application offers a interactive Wayfinding map, a news feed, and a 100 question quiz game (trust us it’s a serious test).

Mayor Brown believes these initiatives are key to propelling the interest of the park system in the future. “We recognize the importance of our parks as a catalyst for future growth, and Olmsted-ucation Week, as well as this unique new app, will attract even more interest in our outstanding Olmsted Parks, keeping Buffalo’s great network of parks in the global spotlight.”

Front Park Before the Conservancy:

Front Park After the Conservancy:

Hoyt Lake Before/After the Conservancy:

Below are the remaining events for Olmsted-ucation week:

  • April 26th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Book Signing at Rich’s Atrium with Historian Frank Kowsky, for the second edition release of “The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System.”
  • April 27th, 8:00 am – 10:00 am: Rooted in History, Growing the Future: What the Heck is an Arboretum? Panel Discussion at the Margaret L. Wendt Archives and Resource Center in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
  • April 28th: On Arbor Day, phase one for South Park Arboretum kicks off with a tree planting in honor of the South Park Arboretum Restoration Project in South Park