Utica's Olmsted Trail

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Utica, New York is the smallest city in the country to have an Olmsted designed park system. The City's Parkway system is managed by the Central New York Conservancy and includes Conkling Park, F.T. Proctor Park and T.R. Proctor Park.

Utica’s Olmsted Park and Parkway system is on the National Register of Historic Places and covers a land mass equal to nearly 70% of Manhattan’s Central Park (designed by Olmsted, Sr.).

2020 marks the 150th celebration of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.designer of Utica’s Park and Parkway System and author of the mission statement and language that established the United States' National Park Service...

"To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." 

Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.,  National Park Service Organic  Act (1916)


As a premier landscape architect, environmental planner, educator and conservationist, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.'s accomplishments spanned the country and made an indelible mark in the realm of American city planning, including

~Landscape for the White House, National Cathedral, National MallFederal Triangle, and Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC;

~Founder of Harvard’s Landscape Architecture program;

~Work on the design of several National Parks including Everglades, Yosemite, Acadia, and Redwood

Olmsted, Jr. also created planned neighborhoods like Forest Hills Gardens in Queens (New York City), as well as Utica’s Ridgewood, Proctor Boulevard, Sherman Gardens, and Talcott Road neighborhoods.