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Virtual Walk: Front, Columbus and Prospect Parks

By Videos, Virtual Tours

Take a virtual walk around Front, Columbus and Prospect Parks. Front Park is one of three original parks included in Olmsted’s initial plan for Buffalo’s park system.

Its chief feature was the semi-circular terrace designed to command a panoramic view of Lake Erie and the opening of the Niagara River. Here, Olmsted remarked, one could observe “a river effect such as can be seen, I believe, nowhere else — a certain quivering of the surface and a rare tone of color, the result of the crowding upward of the lake waters as they enter the deep portal of the Niagara.”

2019 State of the Parks featuring the Five Year Plan Reveal


Please join us at the State of the Parks, featuring the reveal of the Five Year Plan Report. This report covers park priorities and projects in the Buffalo Olmsted Park System for the next five years — 2020 to 2024.

Event Details
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | 5:30 p.m. ­— 7:30 p.m. | Burchfield Penney Art Center | 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

For Questions or to RSVP
Email [email protected] or call 716-838-1249, ext. 18

Visit for updates on summer 2019 events!

Gala 2018 Website Event

Frederick Law Olmsted Gala & Afterparty 2018 – VIEW PHOTOS BELOW!


2018 FLO Award Honoree – Margaret D. Jacobs

Photos – Part 1 – by Joe Cascio Photography

16th FLO Gala & Afterparty PART 1 | Front Park | Sept 7, 2018

Photos – Part 2 – by Zhi Ting Phua

16th FLO Gala & Afterparty PART 2 | Front Park | Sept 7, 2018

Thank you all for joining us on Friday, September 7, 2018 for a celebratory evening of 150 years of Olmsted Parks in Buffalo and an Afterparty for the Parks. 

Frederick Law Olmsted Gala, co-chaired by Aaron Siegel & Amy Abrahamson

Attire: Creative Black Tie
6:00 PM
Dinner guests arrive, champagne reception, silent auction

7:00 PM
Gourmet dinner served, catered by Rich Products
Presentation of the Frederick Law Olmsted Award – Margaret D. Jacobs
Live Auction

Gala Ticket Price
Individual Ticket: $ 150, includes Dinner & Afterparty, limited quantity available!
Dinner Table of 8: $ 2,500, includes Dinner & Afterparty for 8. To make this table purchase, contact Patty Mertens at [email protected] or call 716-838-1249 ext. 10.

Frederick Law Olmsted Gala Afterparty

Attire: Dress to Impress
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Afterparty begins with nibbles
Featuring DJ Milk Buffalo
Open bar
Participate in the Silent Auction

Afterparty Ticket Price
Early bird pricing through August 21: $60 per person
From August 21 onwards: $75 per person

Event Location and Parking

Enter Front Park at 121 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202. Complimentary Valet Parking is available for all Gala and Afterparty attendees.

Special Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors

Herb & Aaron Siegel Foundation

Rich Products

Hodgson Russ LLP | NOCO | Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York  M&T Bank  Wegmans

Bank of America – Silent Auction | Buffalo Spree – Media | National Grid – Sound and Lighting | Wynne Creative – Branding and Invitations | Frey Electric – Valet Parking

All proceeds to benefit your Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

For immediate inquiries on this event and/or sponsorship details, please email Patty Mertens at [email protected] or call 716-838-1249 ext. 10.

View photos from last year in the slideshow below or click here!

Denim & Diamonds | MLK Jr. Park | Sept 8, 2017 - PART 1


2018 Comm Mtg_SOCIAL_WEST Aug 8



Hosted by your Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, please join us for a community meeting on the West District.

This district includes: Columbus/Prospect/Perla Park, Days Park, Ferry Circle, Front Park, Porter Avenue, Richmond Ave, Symphony Circle

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (rescheduled from August 8)

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Place: Niagara Branch Library at Prospect Park, 280 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201

This community engagement process will address the following:

  • Park improvements that have been made over the last 10 years
  • Park improvement priorities and projects to focus on over the next 5 years

Make sure you are a part of this conversation!

To RSVP or for any inquiries, contact Andrew Lloyd at [email protected] or call (716) 243-1750.