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Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy begins 5-year plan discussion


Mon, Jul 30th 2018 03:50 pm
Community meetings will be conducted today through January 2019
Over the next two weeks, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy will be conducting the first in a series of three community meetings to discuss park improvement priorities for the Olmsted-designed parks in the City of Buffalo.
With support from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and assistance from University at Buffalo's Regional Institute, this process will allow for the collective development of improvement priorities for each of the Olmsted landscapes, as well as gather feedback from park users. The input and community engagement process will culminate in a five-year plan report to be presented to the public at the State of the Olmsted Parks address in May 2019.
The first series of meetings will begin with a review of park improvement projects implemented over the past 10 years since the development of the "Buffalo Olmsted Park System Plan for the 21st Century." The brief presentation will detail the significant capital investment projects implemented by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and its partner, the City of Buffalo, in the Olmsted Park System. The community input meeting will also dedicate time to facilitate input from the community on project ideas and concerns.
Meetings are being promoted in partnership with City of Buffalo councilmembers and are scheduled as follow:
South District - 6:30-8 p.m. tonight - Tosh Collins Community Center (35 Cazenovia St.)
MLK, Jr. Park - 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday - Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Parkway)
Delaware District - 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 - Buffalo Seminary (205 Bidwell Parkway)
West District - 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 - Niagara Branch Library (280 Porter Ave.)
The second series of community meetings will be conducted in mid-October and the final series in late January 2019 prior to finalizing the five-year plan report. Notice for meetings will be advertised through the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy's website (www.bfloparks.org/events), social media, neighborhood newspapers and with the support of City of Buffalo Common Council members. The community is encouraged to become engaged in this input process in support of Buffalo's Olmsted Parks.
The Buffalo Olmsted Park System includes:
•Six 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 streets, and South Park at McKinley Parkway.
•Seven parkways: Bidwell, Chapin, Lincoln, McKinley, Porter, Red Jacket and Richmond.
•Eight traffic circles: Agassiz, Colonial, Ferry, Gates, McClellan, McKinley, Soldiers and Symphony.

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