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Letter: Olmsted Conservancy offers a smart proposal

Olmsted Conservancy offers a smart proposal

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy understands the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between an urban environment and green space. Parks have long been recognized as major contributors to the physical, mental and aesthetic quality of urban neighborhoods, playing a fundamental role in the development of more sustainable cities. Not only do they improve urban life, but they also impact social aspects of city dwellers – their satisfaction, experiences and perception of the quality of their everyday environments.

The conservancy recognizes the significance of connecting parks to the community and their assets and strives to protect its park system for current and future generations. The recent proposal for the Scajaquada Expressway supports just that, calling for the bridge over Delaware Avenue to be restricted to pedestrians and bicyclists, allowing easy access from the Delaware Park meadow to Hoyt Lake. It also proposes to slightly reroute Scajaquada Boulevard to have an at-grade intersection at Delaware Avenue, using the current on- and off-ramps, and will better connect the park to the museums along a cultural corridor.

One of the major reasons Buffalo has rebounded is because we have reconnected with its past. Olmsted has played a significant role in Buffalo’s renaissance, enhancing its foundation to better the quality of life for its residents. By supporting this proposal, you are supporting our great appreciation for our city and embracing its rich history. When local residents are involved in the planning, building, renovating and operating of urban parks, the parks and communities will benefit.

Peter Scarcello

Partner, Hook & Ladder Development

Buffalo

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