id you know that Rochester, New York, has 3,500 acres of “nationally recognized” parks?
Katie Eggers Comeau will educate us on the origins of the Rochester City park system from 1888 until present to include some of the city parks which were designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (who is famously known as the designer of New York City’s Central Park). Katie will expand on the evolution of the Rochester City park system as it relates to broader trends in how parks were designed and used.
Katie enjoys public speaking on topics including sustainability and historic preservation to include her work with The Landmark Society of Western New York where she focused on protecting the most intact portion of Seneca Park, one of Rochester’s four large Olmsted parks, from a planned expansion of the Seneca Park Zoo.
Katie helped establish the Olmsted Subcommittee, which brought together representatives of The Landmark Society, Monroe County, parks “Friends” groups, and individual parks advocates to plan projects and programs to educate the public and decision-makers about the historical significance and current value of Rochester’s Olmsted legacy.
Light refreshments will be served. Admission is FREE to all.
Our December presentation was a fantastic walk through history as we learned about the development of Rochester’s parks through the original vision of Frederick Law Olmsted to the societal and cultural changes that influenced the design to what we know of our parks today.