The Erie County Legislature unanimously appointed Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli (D-Buffalo, Tonawanda) to serve as the County Legislature representative to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC) Board of Trustees at its May 10 session.
“I am proud and excited to be appointed to this vital position. My commitment to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks and service on the Legislature includes approving funds for master plan improvements in 2003, as well as improvements and capital work at the Buffalo Zoo,” Legislator Marinelli, chair of the Community Enrichment Committee, said. “I worked with then-Legislator Judith Fisher to obtain funding for Shakespeare in the Park, one of the most successful cultural organizations, in the county budget. When I worked as an executive assistant to Assemblyman William Hoyt, Delaware Park issues such as the lake cleanup and the Scajaquada Creek parkway were successfully done. We also cofounded the Olmsted Parks master plan.”
“Erie County Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli has established a strong reputation of advocacy and leadership on behalf of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, and has demonstrated a commitment to the long-term viability of this community-wide cultural treasure,” County Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) said. “We are fortunate to have her serving as the County Legislature’s representative on the Board of Trustees.”
The BOPC is not-for-profit, independent, community organization that promotes, preserves, restores, enhances and ensures maintenance of Olmsted Parks and Parkways in Buffalo.
“I am a longtime, vocal advocate for cultural tourism, realizing how it can help guide Erie County’s fiscal and cultural future. Serving on the BOPC Board of Trustees will allow me to continue working toward that goal,” Legislator Marinelli added. “The creations and designs of Frederick Law Olmsted establish a legacy and can help attract visitors to our area.”
The Olmsted Parks in Erie County are on the National Register of Historic Places as the nation's first park system, and it is the only historic park system in the nation operated by a nonprofit organization. The parks serve the region with over 1.5 million park visitors each year. 46 percent of the park users live outside of the city limits, mostly in Erie County. Delaware Park is the only Olmsted-designed park outside of Central Park in New York City.