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Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announces membership drive

BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | April 29, 2014

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announced “Your Membership Matters,” a membership campaign in support of the region’s six signature Olmsted Parks, seven parkways and seven landscaped circles. President and CEO Thomas Herrera-Mishler announced the campaign’s goal of 2,000 members in 2014, with a visionary goal of reaching 10,000 members within the next three years. Current membership is 1,000 individuals and familes.

More than 2.5 million visitors over four distinct seasons are welcomed each year at the Buffalo Olmsted Parks System. One-third of the conservancy’s operating budget is funded by the City of Buffalo, part of an unprecedented public-private partnership. The conservancy is responsible for raising the additional two-thirds to keep the parks clean, safe and beautifully landscaped for the enjoyment of the region.

Membership levels range from $35 to $500 per year and include benefits up to a tree planting in an Olmsted Park. The membership campaign is timed in conjunction with the upcoming release of a new PBS Documentary “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America.” Members who join at the $250 level and above will receive an invitation to an exclusive viewing of the documentary, as well as members-only “Walk in the Park” tours.

Buffalo’s Olmsted Parks are among the most referenced regional asset by local, national and international publications and organizations, including The Trust for Public Land and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Buffalo Olmsted Park System includes:

• Cazenovia Park in South Buffalo

• Delaware Park in the Delaware/Parkside District

• Front Park at the Peace Bridge

• Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at Fillmore Avenue

• Riverside Park at Niagara and Tonawanda Streets

• South Park at McKinley Parkway

• Seven Landscaped Circles including Soldiers, Gates, Colonial, Ferry, Symphony, McClellan and McKinley

• Seven Parkways including Lincoln, Bidwell, Chapin, Richmond, Porter, Red Jacket and McKinley

For additional membership information, a calendar of events or visitor guidelines, call 838-1249, visit www.bfloparks.org or email info@bfloparks.org. In addition, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has an active social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.

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