Parks & Recreation

The Western New York region is blessed with a wealth of natural resources. Nowhere are these resources better experienced than at any one of our hundreds of parks. Our region’s landscape, carved out by glaciers during the ice age includes deep caverns, large bodies of water, and acres of woodlands. The City of Buffalo is home to one of the oldest park systems in the country, the Olmsted Parks System, conceived and built by the legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.  In addition to Niagara Falls State Park, also designed by Olmsted and his partner Calvert Vaux, Western New York boasts 29 State Parks.

The Parks & Recreation Working Group works to promote, preserve and protect these parks and recreation areas so that many generations to come can enjoy all they have to offer. The group aims to create regional stewardship and maintenance plans for parks and increase advocacy for parks and green spaces.

Have we piqued your park interests? Get involved!


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