Other Olmsted Parks

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"Prospect Park, Brooklyn," 1872. Olmsted and Vaux collaborated in 1865 on the design for Prospect Park, in Brooklyn, New York. Prospect Park combined formal elements, such as the Concert Grove, with pastoral features, like the Long Meadow, with rugged rustic elements including a remnant of old-growth forest. Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

Frederick Law Olmsted's reputation was cemented with the success and renown of New York's Central Park. His services were in high demand and his firm was involved in the design of nearly 500 projects in forty-five states and several countries, 100 of which were for parks and recreation grounds.

He worked on a wide variety of park projects around the country. In addition to Central Park he designed other large urban parks devoted (initially, at least) to the experience of scenery like Elm Park in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Franklin Park (part of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace park system) in Boston, Massachusetts.

Parkways were an innovation proposed by Olmsted. He envisioned wide urban greenways carrying several different modes of transportation, connecting parks and extending the benefits of public greenspace throughout the city. Examples of his parkway design include the parkway system in Brooklyn, New York, Martin Luther King Boulevard in Chicago, and the oldest example in Buffalo, New York.

He was also one of the first park designers to think of parks as a system, with a variety of park spaces and sizes offering a wide range of public recreation facilities for all residents in a city.