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Letter: Conservancy must embrace great plan for Olmsted Parks

Conservancy must embrace great plan for Olmsted Parks

As a planning consultant, I’ve worked on Western New York projects for more than 40 years. As well, my community service includes being a board member of several local institutions, including the King Urban Life Center, located in the former church of my youth, on Buffalo’s East Side.

I’m also a director of the charitable company that Kevin Gaughan formed to oversee his plan for Buffalo’s Frederick Law Olmsted parks. In that role, I’ve accompanied him to meetings with Jack Nicklaus, in Nicklaus’ Florida offices, and with John Thornton, chairman of the Brookings Institution. I’ve seen Gaughan work vigorously and creatively to engage these men in his efforts to strengthen Buffalo’s rebirth with new public facilities like no other in America. And those who will benefit most from his plan will be inner-city residents, who haven’t been directly affected by recent downtown improvements.

As someone with firsthand knowledge of the project, of Nicklaus’ and Thornton’s enthusiasm to help make it happen, and as a local resident eager to see our growth period continue, I urge the Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy to work with Gaughan and his partners to bring these wonderful new assets to city residents.

Paul J. Becker

Orchard Park

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