Monday, March 7, 2011

Highland, Genesee Valley and Seneca parks

Soon the snow will be gone and we can visit our favorite parks without boots just as spring rounds the corner. According to Rochester's Landmark Society, Rochester is one of just four cities nationwide with an entire park system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of the landscape architecture: Highland, Genesee Valley and Seneca.

Talk about foresight, in 1888 Rochester's Board of Park Commissioners created open space for the first parks according to the Landmark Society.

Olmsted's three major parks in Rochester each represented different landscape styles: Highland Park, created on land donated to the city by horticulturists George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry, is an arboretum of plants and shrubs emphasizing vistas both internally and for a hundred miles to the Finger Lakes. Genesee Valley Park was designed in classic pastoral style along the Genesee River. Seneca Park's rugged terrain north of the falls inspires. Thanks for the history, LS.

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