The Buffalo Zoo must expand, therefore, it must move. Delaware Park is a precious resource that must not be squandered for the sake of convenience. Our city forefathers made that grand, shortsighted mistake when they allowed a golf course to be imposed on the park.
Because of that misguided decision, nearly half of a historically significant park has been off-limits to the citizens of Buffalo for almost 90 years.
Delaware Park's stature as a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed landscape places it in the same league as Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings. History aside, the importance of public parkland in urban areas must not be underestimated. Forward-thinking cities are creating more green space, not less.
The zoo deserves to determine its own future. If that is in another site in the city, where it can thrive and expand its mission, so be it. A zoo can move; a historic park cannot.
Lois Baker Buffalo