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Delaware Park One Of The 2014 Great Places In America
MAYOR BROWN AND BUFFALO OLMSTED PARKS CONSERVANCY APPLAUD PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL PLANNING AWARD FOR DELAWARE PARK
October 1, 2014 - The American Planning Association (APA) today announced that Delaware Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, has earned the designation as one of its Great Places in America for 2014. Mayor Byron Brown, joined by members of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC), applauded the selection of Delaware Park, one of Buffalo’s most treasured cultural assets. APA ‘Great Places in America’ program was launched in 2007 and represents the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.
“We're honored that our historic Delaware Park is one of a select few parks in the country to be singled out by the American Planning Association as a Great Public Space,” said Mayor Brown, noting his administration’s over $35 million investment in parks citywide since 2006. “Our city’s sprawling network of parks, which includes Delaware Park, makes Buffalo a world-class destination to live, work and visit. And, through the City of Buffalo’s unique partnership with Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, we will continue to ensure this park and parks citywide further succeed at a time when Buffalo enters a new era of opportunity that includes over $5 billion in new economic development activity and the creation of over 12,000 new jobs. I’m honored that the American Planning Association has recognized Buffalo’s Delaware Park as one of 10 Great Public Spaces in America for 2014.”
The City of Buffalo is a major partner of BOPC, contributing $1,200,000 annually for the reported total BOPC operating budget, along with additional parks personnel, city funding for critical infrastructure repairs, utilities and more. Approximately $20 million in capital funding has also been secured by the city since 2006 for improvements to the historic Olmsted system.
“The parks improve our quality of life,” said Kevin Kelly, Board Chair of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “Buffalo is going through an economic rebirth right now and we must thank Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo for their ongoing support. This national recognition from the APA represents what we can accomplish when we all work together.”
“Recognizing these special places highlights the role planning plays in adding value to communities,” said William Anderson, FAICP, president of APA. “Planners, working with others, help build better communities in a variety of settings, from urban to rural; the result - better neighborhoods, cities, and regions. We applaud these efforts and congratulate this year’s designees.”
Since 2007, APA has designated 230 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces. For more information about these neighborhoods/street/public spaces, as well as APA’s top 10 Great Streets in America, Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in America and top 10 Great Public Spaces in America for 2014 and previous years, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces. For more about National Community Planning Month taking place throughout October visitwww.planning.org/ncpm.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios