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Parks Conservancy Awards Grants for Neighborhood Parks

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – The Olmsted Parks Conservancy is offering community groups an extra incentive to help keep Buffalo's Olmsted parks beautiful.

Three local community groups will share in the Conservancy's first-time, small grant program. South Buffalo Alive, the Days Park Block Club, and the Parkside Community Association will get $500 to $1,000 each.

The money for the program comes from the Conservancy's general operating budget. But it will help pay for the local groups' individual beautification and park activities. Deborah Ann Trimble is Executive Director of Buffalo's Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Trimble says the program puts money in the hands of those who best know the needs of their own parks.

"Every year, we do landscape improvements and run programs," Trimble said. "We felt that instead of the Conservancy determining what those are each year, we would set aside a portion of our general operating budget to be able to say to the community we truly want input. They are your parks. We want to respond to the needs you're identifying in your own community."

Trimble says grants will be offered to qualifying organizations each year, based on the annual operating budget. She says the grants are intended to at least partially make up for some of the lost city funding, formerly used for park beautification projects.