Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy It was designed more than 150 years ago by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, making it the first of its kind in the country.
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The BOPC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that aims to promote, preserve, restore, enhance and ensure maintenance of Olmsted Parks and Parkways in the Greater Buffalo area to guarantee Olmsted Park experiences for future generations. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the first nonprofit organization in the nation to manage and operate an entire urban park system that consists of over 85

0 acres of parks, parkways and circles. The Buffalo Olmsted Park System includes:
6 PARKS
Cazenovia Park in South Buffalo, Delaware Park in Delaware/Parkside District, Front Park at the Peace Bridge,
Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at Fillmore Avenue, Riverside Park at Niagara and Tonawanda Street, South Park at McKinley Parkway,

7 PARKWAYS
Bidwell, Chapin, Lincoln, McKinley, Porter, Red Jacket, and Richmond

8 TRAFFIC CIRCLES | Agassiz, Colonial, Ferry, Gates, McClellan, McKinley, Soldiers, and Symphony

SMALLER SPACES | Days Park, Heacock Park, Prospect Park

*High Wind Warning* from Tuesday 1/9/24 through Wednesday 1/10/24. All park users are advised to use caution while visit...
01/08/2024

*High Wind Warning* from Tuesday 1/9/24 through Wednesday 1/10/24. All park users are advised to use caution while visiting your public parks. If you see any tree damage, please call 311!

Celebrating the   with gorgeous views in Caz Park, from fall through winter 🥰🍂 Thank you park neighbor Art for sharing t...
01/08/2024

Celebrating the with gorgeous views in Caz Park, from fall through winter 🥰🍂 Thank you park neighbor Art for sharing these moments with us!

Learn how you can support Buffalo’s sister city Kanazawa and the Ishikawa Prefecture amidst the recent earthquake.
01/05/2024

Learn how you can support Buffalo’s sister city Kanazawa and the Ishikawa Prefecture amidst the recent earthquake.

Happy 2024! We are excited to welcome the upcoming class of Young Professionals for Olmsted Parks, from learning all abo...
01/03/2024

Happy 2024! We are excited to welcome the upcoming class of Young Professionals for Olmsted Parks, from learning all about your parks to networking opportunities with fellow nonprofit enthusiasts! This year’s program also features The Tool Library and Buffalo String Works as official nonprofit takeovers! Learn more and apply by Jan 15, 2024: bfloparks.org/ypop

12/23/2023
Smiles and ugly sweaters at the Olmsted team’s 2023 holiday party! 🤩🥳 As we go into year-end and 2024, please consider m...
12/14/2023

Smiles and ugly sweaters at the Olmsted team’s 2023 holiday party! 🤩🥳 As we go into year-end and 2024, please consider making a donation to help sustain the parks that are sustaining you: bfloparks.org/donate

As we go into the 49th consecutive year of the Juneteenth of Buffalo Festival (June 15-16, 2024), the Conservancy is gra...
12/14/2023

As we go into the 49th consecutive year of the Juneteenth of Buffalo Festival (June 15-16, 2024), the Conservancy is grateful to Juneteenth of Buffalo Festival for being a wonderful partner. At today’s lunch, we were also honored to to meet one of the founding members of this festival, Rev. Eugene Pierce (first photo)

Learn more about the 2024 festival at buffalojuneteenth.com

While preparing the MLK Jr Park Greenhouse for the next park season, Gleanie, Leslie and Jessica found some fun with the...
12/13/2023

While preparing the MLK Jr Park Greenhouse for the next park season, Gleanie, Leslie and Jessica found some fun with the greens! 💚😍 We are so grateful for such a wonderful and talented team, thank you for your hard work and dedication to our parks!

Help sustain the parks that are sustaining you by donating to our annual appeal: bfloparks.org/donate

Thrilled to have historic Days Park featured by the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site! 🌳
12/12/2023

Thrilled to have historic Days Park featured by the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site! 🌳

Grab a warm drink, cozy on up, and welcome to our Olmsted Book Club! This week’s book The Profession of City Planning: Changes, Images, and Challenges 1950-2000 (2017) by Lloyd Rodwin.

In 1886, Buffalo’s Board of Park Commissioners wanted to expand their park system to include not just the large parks and parkways but smaller grounds as well. As the city did with their large parks, they turned to Frederick Law Olmsted for their small ones. In April 1887, Olmsted submitted his plan for Day’s Park. The park was named for Thomas Day, a wealthy early settler of Buffalo who gifted the land for the park in 1859, under the condition the land be made into a park bearing his name.

At Day’s Park, Olmsted’s plan provided “a long plat of turf studded with trees, with a fountain in the center…” the fountain was an uncommon feature for one of Buffalo’s Olmsted-designed parks, with Day’s Park being the only one Olmsted designed in Buffalo to include one. Despite the removal of the original fountain in 1923, Day’s Park remains the way Olmsted envisioned it.

Comment down below if you have a book by Olmsted, about Olmsted, or one that inspired Olmsted and we’ll share it out for next week’s book club.

Photograph Courtesy of Olmsted Archives

Interested in getting more involved in improving Scajaquada Creek? Check out this exciting opportunity to join the Commu...
12/11/2023

Interested in getting more involved in improving Scajaquada Creek? Check out this exciting opportunity to join the Community Advisory Group, facilitated by Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper!

Did you know Scajaquada Creek is buried for 3.7 miles between Main St in the City of Buffalo and the Cheektowaga border? How about that Scajaquada Creek starts in Lancaster and is fed by underground freshwater springs? If you live, work or play near any section of Scajaquada Creek, come join our Community Advisory Group to plan a community-driven restoration! https://bnwaterkeeper.org/scajaquada-restoration-plan/

  is BACK!🌳 Can you identify this tree and its location? Hint 🐎🌰 Tell us your guess in the comments below!We are excited...
12/08/2023

is BACK!🌳 Can you identify this tree and its location? Hint 🐎🌰 Tell us your guess in the comments below!

We are excited to welcome tree care technician Gabe Cline to the forestry team, making it a team of 4 caring for the trees in Buffalo’s Olmsted Park System! 💚 If you feel inspired, please donate to our year end appeal to help sustain these green spaces that are sustaining you: bfloparks.org/donate

📷: the talented Kelly Kaz Photo

Interested in YPOP Class of 2024? Applications open now through January 15! From the full park system bus tour to career...
12/07/2023

Interested in YPOP Class of 2024? Applications open now through January 15! From the full park system bus tour to career and nonprofit panel discussions, the 2024 program also features two nonprofit partner takeovers - The Tool Library and Buffalo String Works. Learn more and apply at https://bfloparks.org/ypop/

Interested to become a tour docent with Explore Buffalo and lead tours of your Buffalo Olmsted Parks?! Check out these u...
12/06/2023

Interested to become a tour docent with Explore Buffalo and lead tours of your Buffalo Olmsted Parks?! Check out these upcoming docent trainings in January 2024!

Are you passionate about the Queen City? Get involved with Explore Buffalo!

Our docent training program starts in February. We have two info sessions coming up where you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have. You must attend one info session in order to apply for docent training.

We can’t wait to meet our next docent class 😁 Tag anyone you think might be interested in the comments ⬇

Useful links:
🦬 Learn more about docent training: explorebuffalo.org/docent-training/
🦬 Register for an info session: forms.gle/VbsLhEfCch4Q2Hwb8

Caz Park view this past fall of the restored and realigned  pathways on the South side of Caz Creek. This park improveme...
12/03/2023

Caz Park view this past fall of the restored and realigned pathways on the South side of Caz Creek. This park improvement project was made possible by the City of Buffalo.

Mayor Byron W. Brown South District Councilman Christopher P. Scanlon

We are thankful for amazing volunteers despite the cold! 🥰 Thank you for helping to sustain the parks that are sustainin...
11/28/2023

We are thankful for amazing volunteers despite the cold! 🥰 Thank you for helping to sustain the parks that are sustaining you! 💚🧡 Learn more and stay involved at bfloparks.org/volunteer

📷 by Kristie Munson

Wishing everyone a peaceful holiday season! We are grateful for your support of our Olmsted parks, and hope that these g...
11/24/2023

Wishing everyone a peaceful holiday season! We are grateful for your support of our Olmsted parks, and hope that these green spaces bring you comfort and joy year-round! 🍂💚

Interested in supporting the restoration of Scajaquada Creek? Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper is recruiting members for thei...
11/21/2023

Interested in supporting the restoration of Scajaquada Creek? Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper is recruiting members for their Community Advisory Group. Learn more below ⬇️

We are excited to announce our partnership with a growing list of amazing local organizations to support the creation of a watershed-wide restoration plan for Scajaquada Creek!

To ensure the process is transparent and accessible as possible, we are creating a Community Advisory Group to guide the process and we are looking for community members to join us.

Learn more and fill out an interest form at the link here: https://bnwaterkeeper.org/scajaquada-restoration-plan/

Shout out to our partners!
Buffalo United Front, Inc.
Grassroots Gardens
BRRAlliance - Black Rock Riverside Alliance
Buffalo Women of Environmental Learning and Leadership- BWELL
Friends of Broderick Park
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Trinidad Neighborhood Block Club, Buffalo N.Y.

Kudos and thank you to Megan Benzinger and Kara Fisher, graduates of the YPOP Class of 2023, for hosting a happy hour fu...
11/18/2023

Kudos and thank you to Megan Benzinger and Kara Fisher, graduates of the YPOP Class of 2023, for hosting a happy hour fundraiser in support of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks! Thank you for your time and support 💚🧡

Special thanks to Twin Petrels Seltzer Co. for hosting.

With sunshine and blue skies, your Olmsted parks are the perfect place to take a fall walk! Tag us in your fall foliage ...
11/15/2023

With sunshine and blue skies, your Olmsted parks are the perfect place to take a fall walk! Tag us in your fall foliage to get featured! 🍂🧡💚

Many kudos and thanks to these amazing students from Elmwood Village Charter School Days Park for participating in the D...
11/11/2023

Many kudos and thanks to these amazing students from Elmwood Village Charter School Days Park for participating in the Days Park Fall Clean Up! Y’all are awesome! 👏🍂

Special thanks to Days Park Block Club (led by president Debbie Grine), EVCS and EVCS librarian Rachele Schneekloth for making this event possible.

📷: Rachele Schneekloth

Stop by Twin Petrels Seltzer Co. for a Happy Hour Fundraiser in support of your Olmsted Parks on Thursday Nov 16, 5:30-8...
11/07/2023

Stop by Twin Petrels Seltzer Co. for a Happy Hour Fundraiser in support of your Olmsted Parks on Thursday Nov 16, 5:30-8pm.

Net Proceeds from an exclusive cocktail and 50/50 raffle support the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Hosted by YPOP Class of 2023 graduates Kara Fisher and Megan Benzinger.

Special thanks to Twin Petrels Seltzer Co. for their support 💚🧡

11/06/2023
From exploring new park maintenance equipment to bonding as a team, the Conservancy’s Mechanics team, and directors and ...
11/03/2023

From exploring new park maintenance equipment to bonding as a team, the Conservancy’s Mechanics team, and directors and district supervisors of the Operations team took a field trip to Louisville, Kentucky, for the 2023 Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) annual conference. Thanks to these talented staff and their leadership, the parks are well-cared for all year round!

11/01/2023

After the departure of Executive Director Stephanie Crockatt earlier this year, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC) has appointed Catie Stephenson as its new executive director. Stephenson, who has been

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Catie Stephenson as our new e...
10/30/2023

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Catie Stephenson as our new executive director.

Please find the official press release here: bfloparks.org/news.

Catie will serve in her current role of Chief Development and Communications Officer until January 2, 2024, when she will transition to her new role.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Zhi Ting Phua at [email protected].

We are loving the Circle fall vibes 🍂😍 Join us this week for the final Olmsted Community Alliance meeting on the Delawar...
10/30/2023

We are loving the Circle fall vibes 🍂😍 Join us this week for the final Olmsted Community Alliance meeting on the Delaware District.

🍁Wednesday, Nov 1, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, 84 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214
🍕Free pizza! RSVP to attend in-person or via zoom: bfloparks.org/oca/rsvp

Congratulations to the YPOP Class of 2023 on graduating! 🎉🎓 We are so thankful and excited for your passion and energy f...
10/26/2023

Congratulations to the YPOP Class of 2023 on graduating! 🎉🎓 We are so thankful and excited for your passion and energy for the Olmsted parks, thank you for choosing to share your time and skills with us in 2023. Till next time! 👋

Interested in being part of the YPOP Class of 2024? Stay tuned for more information at bfloparks.org/ypop. Applications to open soon!

Special thanks to YPOP grad Sarah Fitscher for lovely floral centerpieces, every in-kind donor who donated to the raffle, the YPOP Graduation committee for making this finale event possible - Spencer Morgan, Amanda Silkey, Kelsey Habermehl, Kate DelGobbo, and program sponsor Moog Aircraft Group.

P.S. Featuring the YPOP Halloween pumpkin carved by Spencer Morgan of The Buffalo Zoo! 🎃

Thanks all for joining us at the past few Olmsted Community Alliance meetings (Riverside, West and MLK Jr.). Special tha...
10/19/2023

Thanks all for joining us at the past few Olmsted Community Alliance meetings (Riverside, West and MLK Jr.). Special thanks to our venue hosts for sharing their spaces - BRRAlliance - Black Rock Riverside Alliance, Explore Buffalo and BPS Parent Centers at East Community High School.

Hope to see you at the last two meetings coming up -
🍂South District on Oct 24, 5:30pm at Tosh Collins Center
🍂Delaware District on Nov 1, 6pm at the Parkside Lodge

RSVP to attend in-person or via zoom here: bfloparks.org/oca/rsvp

📷: MLK Jr. Park meeting

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84 Parkside Avenue
Buffalo, NY
14214

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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+17168381249

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