Imagine LaSalle


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Transforming LaSalle Park into the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park


Summer and Fall 2018Discovering the Community's Vision

Discovering the Community’s Vision

Community-driven vision process summarized in the Community Vision Report.
$50 million gift announced for redesign of LaSalle Park!

Winter and Spring 2019Exploring Design Concepts Together

Exploring Design Concepts Together

Community workshops build off the vision by exploring conceptual designs together.

Start Summer 2019Designing the Details

Designing the
Details

Conceptual designs are refined in detail and design materials are prepared for construction with ongoing input from the community.

Beyond 2019Transforming LaSalle Park into Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park

Transforming
LaSalle Park into
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.
Centennial Park

Through continued public collaboration, park construction will strategically minimize disruptions to existing park uses.


Join us for the Playground Workshop in September!

Join us on September 11th for a fun, hands-on activity for the whole family!

We’ll be exploring ideas for the playground area of the park and we’ll catch everyone up on what’s been going on over the summer.

Bring your ideas, imagination, and the kids!

Date:
September 11, 2019

Location:
Waterfront Elementary School,
4th St, Buffalo, NY 14201

Time:
6pm-7:30pm

Download Playground Workshop Flyer – English (11×17) PDF
Download Playground Workshop Flyer – Spanish (11×17) PDF
Download Playground Workshop Flyer – English (8.5×11) PDF
Download Playground Workshop Flyer – Spanish (8.5×11) PDF

Register today!

 


About the project

A Community Vision for Buffalo’s LaSalle Park

Parks are for everyone. Community voices from neighborhoods throughout the city and region will guide and shape a vision for LaSalle Park’s future. Whether you visit LaSalle Park on your daily run, or you stop by once a year for a big event, your opinions matter in defining a community vision for the park. Share your vision and let’s imagine LaSalle’s future together.

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IMAGINING LASALLE PARK’S FUTURE

How does Buffalo Imagine LaSalle?

During the summer, 22 focus group members, 1,164 community members, and a team of local youth contributed their perspectives and ideas to help unveil how Buffalo sees the future of LaSalle Park. Watch the video below for a glimpse into this process.


IMAGINE LASALLE COMMUNITY VISION REPORT

Learn what the community imagines for LaSalle Park

Read the full Imagine LaSalle Community Vision Report to explore LaSalle’s history and current context, see how people use LaSalle Park now, learn what people like and want to change about the park, and discover the big ideas the community has for the park’s future.
Download Imagine LaSalle Community Vision Report (PDF)


COMMUNITY VOICES


Focus Group to Guide Planning

Imagine LaSalle has assembled a focus group to guide vision planning and serve as ambassadors to the community throughout the project. Focus group composition is designed to represent the diversity of voices and cultures that regularly use LaSalle Park.

Focus Group members will spend the summer of 2018 exploring LaSalle Park and looking at inspirational examples of parks in other US cities. The following people have volunteered their time to help envision LaSalle Park’s future as part of the focus group:

Tuona Batchelor, Buffalo Quarters Historical Society
Dominic Bonifacio, West Side Little League Baseball/Softball
Dan Brady, Columbus Park Neighborhood
Jamil Crews, Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals
Mateo & Amanda Escobar, West Side International Soccer
Lacy Folga, Fargo Estates Neighborhood Association
Melissa Fratello, Buffalo Audubon Society
JP Gillespie, Sunday Skateshop
Renato Graham, Lakeview Family Homes
Ibrahim Iftin, Somali Bantu Community Organization of Buffalo
Lian Thluhlawng, Chin Community of Buffalo
Daniel Leong, Karen Society of Buffalo
Kevin Lynch, The Barkyard
Frank Lysiak, Waterfront Village
Marnetta Malcolm, Rick James Memorial Funk Festival
Deb O’Shea, Lakefront Commons
Christine Seibert, D’Youville College
Dinorah Santos, Marine Drive Apartments / The Belle Center
Charles and Christian Torres, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of WNY
George Williams, Pine Harbor Apartments


Imagine LaSalle is a community-driven initiative to guide the transformation of LaSalle Park into Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park. This effort is made possible through the generosity of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and one of its research centers, the UB Regional Institute (UBRI), are managing this engagement process to ensure broad and meaningful community input shape the park’s future. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, a New York-based landscape architecture firm known worldwide for its creative and unique urban design with projects that include parks, plazas, cultural institutions, gardens and more, is leading the conceptual design of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park. The City of Buffalo is an active project partner represented by its Division of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Community Services and Recreational Programming, and the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning.



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