Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Olmsted Parks Conservancy

A long unused house at one of Delaware Parks’ entrances is getting restored. Bank of America and the Greenway Fund are providing grants to back the project.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Public golf in the City of Buffalo could see a significant redesign in the coming years with help from one of the sport’s best-known players.


Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

When it comes to convenience, Buffalo parks rank well above the national average. According to a new report from The Trust for Public Land., 85 percent of Buffalo residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park. When it comes to spending on parks, Buffalo is behind the norm.  The national median for park spending is $83 per resident; in Buffalo, that number stands at $69 per resident.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

If you use Delaware Park, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy wants to hear what you would like to see done - or undone - to the park.

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

What changes do residents want for Buffalo's Olmsted Parks? That was the question asked Monday night, with the goal of having a five-year capital plan of improvements ready by May 2019.

Jay Moran

The Olmsted Parks Conservancy is holding a series of meetings seeking the public's input as it develops plans for the next five years. Brian Dold, Director of Planning and Advocacy, says tonight's session will focus on the South District.

Francesca Bond

In lining up 1,500 plastic pink flamingos last week, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy made its way into the Guinness World Records. As Newell Nussbaumer and Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising point out during WBFO's Press Pass, the effort raised funds and awareness for the Conservancy, which has helped to fuel a civic recovery in Buffalo.


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As winter melts into spring, thoughts turn to cutting the grass and planting new trees. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is thinking about that - and also about the buildings in city parks that need repairs - very expensive repairs.

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

A long-neglected shelter in Buffalo's Delaware Park will undergo an extensive restoration and reopen next year. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announced it has received a $250,000 grant that will make the project possible.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

He came, he saw, he designed. It was 150 years ago this year that Frederick Law Olmsted visited the Queen City and began the process of developing Buffalo's public park system. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, which oversees the parks, has announced plans to celebrate the milestone anniversary in the spring and summer.


Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

A nationally recognized expert on livable transportation says the Scajaquada Expressway is a small part of a larger need for land-use planning in this area. Ian Lockwood visited at the invitation of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to look at the park road, as the state Department of Transportation deadline for comment approaches.

WBFO file photo/Mike Desmond

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, along with its partners, is ramping up its effort to convince the New York State Department of Transportation's to halt its plan for redeveloping Route 198 in Delaware Park and come up with a better solution.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Visitors to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens may notice a few missing items outside the vintage greenhouse and dome. Several trees have been cut down. But more are coming in their place.


Olmsted Parks Conservancy

With over 7 million views of its website in 2016, it's clear that Buffalo Rising has connected with the community. Newell Nussbaumer and Jessica Marinelli believe their editorial focus on publishing solution-based stories is key to that success. On WBFO's Press Pass, they highlight two recent examples: bringing an architectural gem to the city and re-connecting a divided Delaware Park.


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Time is of the essence for re-designing parts of Delaware Park. That is according to civic leader Kevin Gaughan, who is asking the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to meet and move forward his plan to have legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus improve the golf course.

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

The New York State Department of Transportation has a plan for the conversion of Route 198 from an expressway to a slower-moving roadway. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, in partnership with several local cultural institutions, believes it has a better plan and introduced it on Monday.


Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

It is going to be a long road to restore Frederick Law Olmsted's Arboretum in Buffalo's South Park - perhaps 20 years - but plans are moving forward.

Hoyt Lake fountain returns to Delaware Park

Jun 2, 2017
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has reinstalled the Hoyt Lake Fountain.

Terrace at Delaware Park eatery opens in Marcy Casino

Mar 31, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A new privately-run restaurant and bar is open for business inside the Marcy Casino in Buffalo's Delaware Park. The restaurant's partners, along with the mayor and leader of the Olmsted park system's administration gathered to celebrate the public-private partnership.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is getting a financial boost from one of downtown's corporate giants to help its forestry management, while furthering a summertime educational opportunity for local youths.


WBFO's Chris Caya

In the summer, it's a splash pad. In winter, the pad transforms into an ice skating rink. This week, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is collecting new and gently-used skates at its Parkside Lodge office for skaters to use free of charge at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

WBFO's Chris Caya

The days of routing Peace Bridge traffic through Front Park in Buffalo are coming to an end. It's the latest step in the state's $56 million Gateway Connections Improvement project.


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Civic activist Kevin Gaughan on Wednesday formally presented his proposal to return Delaware Park and South Park to Frederick Law Olmsted's original vision. Gaughan says he and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy had a very constructive meeting and he is planning several public meetings beginning in September to gather input on the proposal.

WBFO's Chris Caya

The fountain in Delaware Park's Hoyt Lake is in need of repairs. The water feature was installed less than three years ago to reduce algae and the foul odors it produces. 


Chris Caya WBFO News

In Buffalo's Delaware Park on Monday, Sen. Charles Schumer called on his colleagues on Capitol Hill to fund the battle against the emerald ash borer.

FootGolf makes for new pastime in Delaware Park

Oct 13, 2015
www.bfloparks.org/golf/footgolf / Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy

When organizers debuted Delaware Park’s FootGolf course this spring, they had small expectations for its popularity. With fall underway, those expectations have been long over shot and patrons are still coming out to play.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Delaware Park visitors can now take a self-guided audio tour of Frederick Law Olmsted's award-winning masterpiece.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The Olmsted Park Conservancy crossed off the "interim" in Stephanie Crockatt's title Thursday and made her the organization's executive director.

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Pioneer landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted was celebrated Wednesday on Earth Day and for his birthday coming up on Sunday.