Did you hear some of the bad news over the weekend? From WBFO.org:

“Vandals hit three Buffalo parks over the weekend. Most of the destruction occurred at Delaware Park’s Rose Garden in North Buffalo. A fountain was broken by vandals in the garden area. But vandals also hit Martin Luther King Park on the East Side and Cazenovia Park in South Buffalo.Thomas Herrera-Mishler is the President and CEO of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Herrera-Mishler tells WBFO News he’s outraged by the damage. He’s especially upset with the destruction caused to the Rose Garden fountain. “To see somebody just whack off the top, and it’s not like we can just put it back on again. It’s missing. It’s gone. Who the heck knows where it is,” said Herrera-Mishler.”

Freed Maxick was honored to be part of a group of volunteers last summer, that came together to put in a days work in the Rumsey Woods area of Delaware Park, cleaning out non-native invasive plants and making way for new flowers and landscaping. Freed Maxick employees teamed up with Buffalo Niagara 360 young professionals program members and the B_team Buffalo, to take on the outside work and meet other community project driven people.

To help out with the damage, supporters of the parks are encouraged to help out! Due to the nature of these attacks and the specialized care and restoration techniques needed to repair the damage there is nothing that can be done in person. Echoing Thomas Herrera-Mishler Olmsted CEO and President’s call for support,  consider a membership to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy at the $35 individual level and $50 family level. The BOPC Membership gives you free boating on Hoyt Lake during the summer and free entry to the Music at the Marcy Concert series (5-6 live music performances) during the winter months. Your support also goes directly towards the parks for restoration, enhancement and, in this case, repair!!

If you would like to make a donation click here. To read more and watch news video about the vandalism follow these links.







Damaged fountain at Delaware Park, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy photo