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Letter: Olmsted Conservancy eager for conversation with public

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy appreciates the recent editorial on our new 12-year partnership agreement with the City of Buffalo.

It is this very partnership that supports our nonprofit’s maintenance mission, and helps assure that our brand promise of healthy, historic greenspace is provided to communities across Buffalo. We are indeed the only conservancy in the nation that maintains a historic park system within the context of a larger city park system.

Fredrick Law Olmsted designed these 25 historic spaces for everyone to enjoy; their access is free year-round, and their benefits are immeasurable. Having historic parks is an exceptional strength and advantage for Buffalo, and while these landscapes aren’t to be viewed as museums roped in red velvet, their integrity should always be respected, for they could never be replaced.

As the leading Olmsted park stewards in the nation, we realize the need to balance history with modern options, thus the Conservancy and its partners will always remain open to a process of planning and public conversation.

The Conservancy’s new five-year priority plan has been adopted and published, and we are ready to engage. We aim to rebuild an Olmsted Community Alliance of volunteers, neighbors and community partners to participate on projects, beautifications and enhancements. It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we embark on the next 12 years together to improve everyone’s quality of life, to partner for greater achievements, and to build upon a treasured historic legacy.

Stephanie L. Crockatt

Executive Director

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

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