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Buffalo youth encouraged to help design the new Play Garden at Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park

The face of LaSalle Park will soon be drastically altered, signaled by the conceptual design models for the new Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park (formerly LaSalle Park) which were released this past May. Now is the time to fine tune those models, but it is important to have community input along the way. To that end, Mayor Byron W. Brown is asking families to rally around the project, by helping to design the Play Garden that will one day be located at the park. Brown is hoping that Buffalo families (especially the children) participate in the project, by working with the design team from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA)

  • The children will take part in creative, hands on activities where they’ll share their ideas for the playground space.
  • Grownups will also have the opportunity to offer suggestions to refine ideas for the Play Garden.

“While we want Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park to be a regional asset that embodies world-class design, the bottom-line is to create a City park for the enjoyment of all Buffalo residents. I’m pleased our youngsters will have a voice in the design because parks and playgrounds are so critical to their physical and social well-being,” Mayor Brown said.

The team anticipates a potential groundbreaking in Spring 2022, with an estimated completion date of Spring 2024.

The workshop, intended to be fun for the kids, is a hands-on public workshop that will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. This is the first community-driven design session since the May reveal of conceptual plans for the park.

Public design workshop on the transformation of LaSalle Park into Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park

To gather design ideas from Buffalo’s children on the park’s Play Garden

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Waterfront Elementary School/BPS #95, located at 95 4th Street

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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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