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The 10 best parks

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From steamy Sao Paolo to breezy Buffalo – via Birkenhead on Merseyside – here are some of the world’s very best urban green spaces. theguardian by Rowan Moore

Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux are best known as the creators of Central Park in New York City, but their greatest work is the coordinated system of parks and parkways, the first of its kind in the United States, in what was then the boom town of Buffalo.

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Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Spring into Summer Inaugural Fundraising Luncheon

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BUFFALO, NY – The first annual Spring into Summer fundraising luncheon scheduled for Thursday, June 4 will take place as planned for the purpose of recognizing community and Conservancy supporters while raising awareness for its mission. Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy leaders are adjusting the event to respectfully remember Maksym Sugorovsky with the wearing of green ribbons by the 400 guests and by holding a moment of silence during the invocation.

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Following tragedy, Cuomo orders Scajaquada speed limit reduced to 30 mph

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Our community is mourning the tragic loss of this little boy, the critical status of his sister, and the emotional forever impact on these families. It is out of respect for them that we keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
– Stephanie Crockatt, Executive Director the BOPC board and staff

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday issued an executive order for the state Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit on the Scajaquada Expressway to 30 mph following Saturday’s tragic vehicle accident that claimed the life of a 3-year-old boy and left his 5-year-old sister in critical condition.

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Stephanie Crockatt Named Executive Director

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Stephanie Crockatt

Stephanie Crockatt, Executive Director

BUFFALO, NY – Stephanie Crockatt has been appointed executive director of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the organization’s board of trustees announced today. She had held the post on an interim basis since the October 2014 resignation of Thomas Herrera-Mishler as president and CEO.

A native of Michigan, Crockatt joined the Conservancy in June 2014 after seven years as director of external affairs for the University of Georgia College of Environment & Design. From 1999 to 2007, she was president and executive director of the LPGA Tournament Owners Association, an international trade association of corporate title sponsors for the Tour. From 1995 to 1999 she served as tournament co-director for the LPGA Oldsmobile Classic which was played at Walnut Hills Country Club in East Lansing, MI. She graduated from Michigan State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture with a focus on golf course design, and a master’s degree in parks and recreation management.

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Buffalo will get a “Kick” out of FootGolf!

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Mayor Byron W. Brown and The Buffalo Olmsted Parls Conservancy bring  hot new sport to Delaware Park with a Free Kick-off clinic Saturday, May 16th, at 10:00 a.m.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABUFFALO, NY — It’s golf with a soccer ball. It’s soccer on a golf course. FootGolf is the fast, fun, exciting game that is a hybrid of soccer and golf, and anyone can play. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is preparing the course and layout in Delaware Park and will ‘kick-off’ the season this week.

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy crew prepares the NEW FootGolf course in Delaware Park. Bob Stotz, Conservancy’s superintendent of parks, carefully place the 21-inch FootGolf cup.

FREE FootGolf Kick-Off Clinic
Saturday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m. till noon     

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Olmsted celebrated during Earth Day event

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

The event in the Albright Knox Art Gallery featured Central Park Conservancy President and CEO Douglas Blonsky talking about partnerships between his green landmark and the agencies and facilities surrounding the 843-acre preserve in Manhattan.

Blonsky says he has long-standing ties with the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

“I came up about 15 years ago and helped them do some organizational things,” Blonsky said.

“This week is Olmsted’s birthday and it’s really about reminding people of how important a person Olmsted is and bringing awareness to Olmsted parks and the Buffalo Olmsted parks are some of the finest examples of Olmsted’s work, probably his greatest parkway system.”

Blonsky says the parks created by Olmsted are frequently under attack and many have been lost over the years so parks like those locally need to be protected because they are such cultural and community centers.

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