After a nationally advertised search, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has selected four finalists from New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts to submit proposals for a feasibility study to restore the South Park Arboretum.
The proposals for the city-owned park are due by Sept. 16, with the final selection to be made by Oct. 1.
The proposals will include feasibility of the arboretum design with and without the existing 9-hole golf course. The study is anticipated to take about nine months to complete, and include meetings with local stakeholders.
The conservancy has long prioritized creating an arboretum in South Park as envisioned by Frederick Law Olmsted. The conservancy is currently considering a plan by civic leader Kevin Gaughan that calls for golf legend Jack Nicklaus to design a golf course on nearby land, allowing the golf course to vacate the park.
A study conducted by the conservancy in 2014 through the New York State Brownfield Opportunity Area Program identified a suitable site for a new 9-hole golf course immediately north of South Park along Hopkins Road.