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Discovering the Community’s Vision

Discovering the Community’s Vision

Community-driven vision process summarized in the Community Vision Report. $50 million gift announced to transform the former LaSalle Park in to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park!

Read the Community Vision Report to learn about this step in the process.

 

Exploring Design Concepts Together

Exploring Design Concepts Together

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

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Designing the Details

Designing the Details

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

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Preparing for the Transformation

Preparing for the Transformation

Detailed designs are complete, and construction drawings will be created in preparation for bidding.
Additional funding for infrastructure will be explored.

Transforming 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.

About Imagine LaSalle

Imagine LaSalle is a community-driven initiative to guide the transformation of the former 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 Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, the Department of Community Services and Recreational Programming, and the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning.

Have questions about Imagine LaSalle? Reach out to us at info@imaginelasalle.org

 

Community Focus Group

Imagine LaSalle is guided by a community focus group to steer 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 Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park.

Focus Group members spent the summer of 2018 exploring LaSalle Park and looking at inspirational examples of parks in other US cities, and have provided insights and direction throughout the design process. The following people have volunteered their time to help envision the 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

Community Process Materials

View materials (presentations, meeting summaries, visuals, etc.) from each engagement touch point below:

Designing the Details – Past Meetings

November 2021 Project Update Materials
Information Session Meeting Video Recording (Spanish captions included)
Information Session Meeting Summary (coming soon)
Information Session Meeting Slides

January 2021 Project Update Materials
Information Session Meeting Video Recording (English)
Information Session Meeting Video Recording (Spanish)
Information Session Meeting Summary
Information Session Meeting Slides

March 2020 Design Update Materials
Engagement Recap Presentation
Updated Park Design and Bridge Design Presentation
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Presentation
March 2020 Meeting Summary and Comments

September 2019 Playground Workshop Materials
Project Update Presentation
Precedent Playground Element Posters
Sept. 11 Community Playground Workshop Summary (PDF)
Concept Design Graphic Plan
Sept. 12 Belle Center Playground Workshop Summary (PDF)

Exploring Design Concepts Together – Past Workshops

May 2019 Travelling Exhibition Materials
Design Vision Exhibition Public Comments
Exhibition Boards from the Design Team
Design Vision Plan Exhibition Boards – from the Design Team
Contextual Exhibition Boards from the Design Team

March 2019 Workshop Materials
March Workshop Overview Presentation (PDF)
March Workshop Design Team Presentation (PDF)
March Meeting Summary (PDF)
March Online Questionnaire Feedback (PDF)

February 2019 Workshop Materials
February Workshop Overview Presentation (PDF)
February Workshop Design Team Presentation (PDF)
February Meeting Summary (PDF)

January 2019 Workshop Materials
January Workshop Overview Presentation (PDF)
January Workshop Design Team Presentation (PDF)
January Meeting Summary (PDF)

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.

Reports

Learn what the community imagines for LaSalle Park

Imagine LaSalle. A Community Vision for Buffalo's LaSalle Park

Imagine LaSalle. A Community Vision for Buffalo's LaSalle Park

Managing High-Quality Park Environments

Managing High-Quality Park Environments

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