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Parks Conservancy Begins Planning for Park Improvements

By Dylan Hall

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Thursday accepted a $50,000 grant from the Erie County Legislature for the renovation, restoration and maintenance of Buffalo's six historic Olmsted Parks. In addition, $12,000 is being proved by County Executive Joel Giambra.

The local group is being assisted by New York City's Central Park Conservancy, which recently completed the successful renovation of Central Park. Deborah Ann Trimble, executive director of the Olmsted conservancy, said that will serve as a model for improvements here in Buffalo.

"There is a lot of different things that could add to the vitality, add to the use, which is really what we are talking about," Trimble said. "Yes they are historic, yes they're cultural assets, we all know that and appreciate that, or at least we hope we do, but we to hope marry that with contemporary community need so this park is filled on the weekends just as Central Park is everyday."

The organization will hold a public forum to help draw a long-term plan for Olmsted parks on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 5:30pm at the Buffalo Museum of Science.