BIG PICTURE TIMELINE
Transforming LaSalle Park into the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park
Discovering the Community’s Vision
Community-driven vision process summarized in the Community Vision Report.
$50 million gift announced for redesign of LaSalle Park!
Exploring Design Concepts Together
Community workshops build off the vision by exploring conceptual designs together.
Conceptual designs are refined in detail and design materials are prepared for construction with ongoing input from the community.
LaSalle Park into
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.
Through continued public collaboration, park construction will strategically minimize disruptions to existing park uses.
Shaping the Future of
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.
In summer of 2018, a vision for LaSalle Park’s future was shaped through more than 1,100 responses to a community survey, a community focus group that traveled to parks in other cities for inspiration, and a youth photovoice activity where kids shared their ideas for LaSalle Park. In the winter of 2019, thousands of comments were made by hundreds of residents through public workshops that helped designers bring the vision for the park to life. This community-driven process will culminate in a design vision for Ralph C Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park that will be available for the community to view and respond to at multiple public locations in May 2019.
Through 2019 and 2020, the evolving design will be refined during community-driven schematic and detailed design phases, which incorporate numerous studies, new models and drawings, and many opportunities for the community to shape and refine the emerging design.
The design work is just beginning.
The design vision that incorporates all community feedback to date will be on display in May to give the community a chance to provide further feedback.
Come see the design vision and tell us what you think.
Stay tuned for details.
March 13th Workshop Materials
March Workshop Design Team Presentation (PDF)
March Online Questionnaire Feedback (PDF)
March Meeting Summary (PDF)
February 11th Workshop Materials
February Workshop Design Team Presentation (PDF)
February Meeting Summary (PDF)
January 17th Workshop Materials
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.
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)
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
PARTNERS ON THE PROJECT
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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