In answer to the question of what you can do to help the Olmsted Conservancy maintain a role in the upkeep
of the parks, David J. Colligan, chair of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Board of Trustees, announced several “call to action” items the community can
join, in an effort to encourage Mayor Bryon Brown to complete park contract
who held a presser in in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park this morning, said there
is no new contract information to report because there have been no face to
face meetings with the Mayor.
said that the Conservancy’s trustees met in special session yesterday and
drafted a community action plan that includes the following actions:
Public Rally in support of the Olmsted Parks to be held this Sunday, December 13
at Noon in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Everyone is invited to attend, meet at
the large statue of MLK by the Fillmore and Best entrances to the park.
the Olmsted petition at www.buffaloolmstedparks.org, endorsing your support of the
Conservancy’s work over the past 5 years.
the Mayor’s office and voice your concern.
letters to the media endorsing the Olmsted Conservancy’s work and sharing your
when the Conservancy was formed as a “friends group” to advocate for the parks
– through today, our mission, as a not-for-profit, independent, community
organization has been to promote, preserve, restore, enhance, and ensure
maintenance of Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks and parkways in the Greater
Buffalo area now and for future generations,” Colligan said.
is challenging to follow through on that important community-based mission
because we have not received any paperwork from the Mayor’s office indicating
he wants the Conservancy to continue as stewards of these historic landmark
the maintenance and restoration of the parks and to keep them as one of Western
New York’s jewels. The Conservancy raises as much money as possible to help
keep our parks beautiful.
a contract with the city so we can continue to serve the people of Buffalo and
Western New York.
a diverse and skilled staff of landscape architects, arborists, and zone
gardeners, some of whom began on public assistance and have worked hard at the
Conservancy to create careers for themselves and are now independent tax paying citizens
of our community.
conservancy asks you, the public, tax payers, park users, businesses, tourists,
and foundations – those who have supported our efforts and those who truly care
about clean, safe and beautiful parks, please help them to keep their role as
park stewards of these treasured green spaces. “Our partnership is one of
the best things in Western New York because it has worked so well,”
information on how to support the Conservancy: www.BuffaloOlmstedParks.org