It all begins. Frederick Law Olmsted, mastermind and father of American landscape architecture, commences work on Delaware Park. This is Buffalo’s “Central Park” and is part of the oldest coordinated system of public parks and parkways in the country.
Parkside Avenue serves as the eastern border of this 350 acre jewel. Within Delaware Park you’ll find amenities painted with a backdrop of beauty.
Take a paddle boat ride on the serene Hoyt Lake. Walk through the Rose Garden and Japanese Garden. Attend an event at the Marcy Casino. Catch Shakespeare in the Park. Play golf. Shoot hoops. Run. Walk, Skate. Sip a smoothie at Ashker’s in the Park. Picnic on a blanket. Navigate the playgrounds. The list goes on.
The Buffalo Zoo is established. Originally conceived as a deer park in the northeast corner of Delaware Park, this neighborhood zoo has survived the test of time and continues to bring joy and smiles to visitors year round.
The polar bears have become community icons, and the real icons of the city, bison, can be seen from inside Delaware Park. Rainforest Falls, the newest and most celebrated exhibit, will transport you straight to the jungle!
Today, the zoo is now the third oldest institution of its kind in the country.
Frank Lloyd Wright puts the finishing touches on the world-renowned Martin House Complex. At the time, this sprawling prairie house complex, consisting of five buildings, was decades ahead of its time.
One look at it today and you’ll refuse to believe it’s over 100 years old. FLW was a visionary with his own style known as “organic architecture” and his genius and commitment to perfection is evident in every nook and cranny.
The $50 million restoration of this architectural gem is nearly complete – but don’t let that stop you from breaking down the door (figuratively speaking, of course) for a tour.
Flash forward more than a century to find the newest dining establishment to the neighborhood, The Parkside Meadow, welcoming you at the corner of Parkside and Russell. This restaurant connects you with today’s city-goers, fine fare and serves as a respite while you’re making your way throughout the historic marvels of the Parkside neighborhood.
— Charlie Fashana