I am writing regarding the proposal to expand the Buffalo Zoo into the Delaware Park meadow. Practically every large city in the country has a zoo, but Buffalo is the only one that can boast a substantially intact Frederick Law Olmsted park and parkway system. However, the question of which is more important to Buffalo should be moot.
The park meadow is a War of 1812 military cemetery and should be preserved as such. Three hundred soldiers who died in 1813 at the Flint Hill military camp are buried in the meadow, and the use of any portion of it for zoo expansion should have been ruled out long ago.
In fact, its present use as a golf course is also inappropriate. The possibility of a new golf course near Tifft Nature Preserve should be considered an opportunity to completely eliminate the Delaware Park golf course and return the park meadow to a more appropriate use.