Rochester Park System

The Emerald Necklace in Rochester’s Parks

A City Plan for Rochester

Brunner-Olmsted Plan for Rochester

This is a comprehensive summary of the recommendations made by Frederick Law Olmsted’s Landscape Firm and its influence on the evolution of the Rochester Park System. Emphasis on the land at the Lower Falls and north, including Maplewood Park and Seneca Park, is outlined in Section E, pages 15 through 31, and in Section F, pages 2-3, but the entire document is full of useful historical information. Note: The document validates that the Rochester Park System was designed as an Emerald Necklace, as was the Boston Park System had been decades earlier.

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The Landmark Society of Western New York

The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc., is one of the nation’s oldest and most active historic preservation organizations. It is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to helping our region’s communities preserve and capitalize on their rich architectural, historical, and cultural heritage. The Landmark Society’s service area covers nine counties in western New York centered on the City of Rochester.

The LANDMARK SOCIETY of Western New York
5 Castle Park
Rochester, NY 14620

Phone: (585) 546-7029
Fax: (585) 546-4788

Monday – Friday 9am–4pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed