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Buffalo, New York 



Olmsted Park & Parkway System
Buffalo has more than 20 parks with three-fourths of the parks being part of the Olmsted Park and Parkway System, which began in 1868 by Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner Calvert Vaux. The system marks the first attempt in the United States to lay out a coordinated system of public parks and parkways integrated into the city. Parks designed by Olmsted are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and maintained by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Parks belonging to the Olmsted Park and Parkway System include Delaware Park, Cazenovia Park, South Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Front Park, and Riverside Park.

Delaware Park is Buffalo’s central park and part of the Delaware Park-Front Park System and features 376 acres (152 hectares) of meadow, lake, and forest areas. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is located on the park’s western edge and home to artworks by modern and contemporary artists during the turn of the 20th century. The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society is located on the park’s northern edge and home to artifacts and artworks from Buffalo and the Western New York. Buffalo Zoo is located on the eastern edge and home to several species of exotic animals including the Siberian tiger, rock hyrax, pigmy zebu, plantain eater, and several species of waterfowls.

Delaware Park, Buffalo (New York State)

Delaware Park by Andre Carrotflower

Cazenovia Park is part of the Cazenovia Park-South Park System and also features a golf course and baseball fields. Another park of the Cazenovia Park-South Park System is the 155-acre (63 hectares) South Park, where the Buffalo Botanical Gardens is located. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park is an L-shaped park occupying 56 acres (23 hectares) and within the park is the Buffalo Museum of Science. The 32-acre (13 hectares) Front Park overlooks Lake Erie and is another park under the Delaware Park-Front Park System. The 22-acre (9 hectares) Riverside Park is located in northwest Buffalo, overlooking the Niagara River.

Other Parks
LaSalle Park is a premier waterfront, overlooking the mouth of the Niagara River and Lake Erie. The park offers a scenic view of the Canadian shoreline and home to various species of water fowls. LaSalle Park offers several recreational amenities including rollerblading, strolling, biking, sports fields, and a children’s playground. The Tifft Nature Preserve is located about three miles (five kilometers) south from Downtown Buffalo. Parts of the nature preserved is located on a former landfill and the preserve today features marshes, ponds, woodlands, wild plants, and a refuge to several species of wildlife.
Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo (New York State)

Tifft Nature Preserve by Andre Carrotflower

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