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Olmsted Parks Conservancy Breaks Guinness World Record

The Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy has broken the record for the longest line of pink flamingo lawn ornaments. Olmsted staff, volunteers, and supporters spent the better part of the morning staking the bright pink birds into the lawn at Bidwell Parkway. An adjudicator from Guinness World Records was on hand to ensure that all of the birds were touching, and that the total number of flamingos in the flamboyance tallied 1500. 

The record was set as a tribute to 150 years of Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO) in Buffalo. As happenstance would have it, the length of the giant conga line of birds turned out to be 2018 feet, coinciding the year that the record was broken. Another 1500 flamingo lawn ornaments have been placed throughout the Olmsted park system.

Conservancy director, Stephanie Crockatt, plants final FLOmingo.

Throughout the day, supporters of the Olmsted parks, and lovers of kitschy pink flamingo lawn ornaments, are adopting the birds, which are being called “FLOmingos” in honor of Olmsted. People have until 7pm to purchase their record winning trophy.

  • $10 for 1
  • $15 for 2
  • Buy a $35 membership for Olmsted Parks and get 2 free!

It turns out that the FLOmingos also serve another role. They are being used as a marketing tool to remind people to keep the parks clean, recycle, and not to litter.

“At the Conservancy we understand that landscape architecture is a specialized profession, but we also feel that Olmsted would have understood the humor in stunt of placing 3,000 #FLOmingos across his beautiful landscapes to become a Guinness World Record holder,” said Stephanie Crockatt, executive director of the Conservancy. “Additionally, we are using the kitschy lawn art to raise awareness for recycling.”

For more information and a map on where an additional 1,500 “flomingos” can be found around the 850-acre park system visit

LEFT TO RIGHT: Kevin Kelly, 150th Celebration Chairperson, Delaware North; Philip Robertson, Guinness World Records Adjudicator; Burt Mirti, City of Buffalo; Joe Cassidy, M&T Bank; Joel Feroleto, Delaware Council member, City of Buffalo; Patrick Kaler, Visit Buffalo Niagara; Stephanie Crockatt, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC); Corinne Rice, BOPC Board Trustee; Victor Rice, BOPC Emeritus Trustee; Mark Zeis, HSBC, BOPC Board Trustee; Gretchen Geiter, Buffalo Bills; Newell Nussbaumer, Buffalo Rising

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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