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OLMSTED STAMP TO BE DEDICATED

A new 33-cent postage stamp honoring landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted was to be dedicated today in a ceremony at Delaware Park.

Buffalo Postmaster Donald Gross said the new stamp design is a montage featuring a portrait of Olmsted and the fall foliage of New York City's Central Park. The montage also shows design plans for the Buffalo park system and Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

Widely considered the nation's most influential landscape architect, Olmsted designed 75 percent of the Buffalo park system, including Delaware, Front, Martin Luther King Jr., South, Cazenovia and Riverside parks.

On Tuesday, the stamp honoring Olmsted, who helped design Niagara Reservation State Park in 1879, was unveiled at the Orin Lehman Visitors Center in Niagara Falls.

"This park is one of the most valuable pieces of property in America today," said Edward J. Rutkowski, assistant deputy commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The stamp, issued Monday in Boston, was unveiled by Robert L. Hellerer, the new postmaster of Niagara Falls.

By acquiring Goat Island and Bath Island, now Green Island, Olmsted tried to return the area to its natural beauty.

An enlarged version of the Olmsted stamp is on display at the Visitors Center.

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