Updated - Sep 25th, 2013
South Lawn Celebration
Celebrate the official opening of Buffalo's newest green space with live music, landscape tours, food trucks, games, and activities for kids! Free and open to all! Thank you to our sponsor, First Niagara Foundation!
The South Lawn Opening Celebration will feature live music by Jason Myers on bagpipe; the Bar-Room Buzzards; the Buffalo State Jazz Combo; The Albrights; the Diaspora Drumming Ensemble, and the Nickel City Pimp Choir. Other entertainment throughout the day will include magician Mike Seege and Mugsy the Clown.
Activities include the Great Lakes Kitefliers Society; a letterboxing scavenger hunt; crafts and face painting with the Buffalo State College Art Education Student Association; lawn games (including KanJam) and the creation of a Richardson Towers mosaic with Faces of Buffalo. Free outside tours throughout the day will highlight the past, present, and future of this iconic complex, with a special focus on the grounds.
Free parking is available in the Buffalo Psychiatric Center lot on Elmwood Avenue. Enter on Elmwood Avenue, between the Burchfield Penney Art Center and Forest Avenue.
11:00 am Jason Myers on bagpipes
11:45 am Bar-Room Buzzards
12:45 pm Buffalo State Jazz Combo
1:45 pm The Albrights
2:45 pm Diaspora Drumming
3:00 pm Nickel City Pimp Choir
12:00 to 2:00 pm Magician Mike Seege and Buffalo Jugglers
2:00 to 4:00 pm Mugsy the Clown
All day activities
Great Lakes Kiteflyers Sociaty
Faces of Buffalo mosaic
South Lawn Overview
Rehabilitation of the landscape has started with the South Lawn between the historic buildings and Forest Avenue as a welcoming public space for gathering and recreation.
The 9 acre South Lawn reinvents the landscape, and its circulation as both contemporary, and Olmstedian. By answering the question, “What would Olmsted do now?”, the design builds upon Olmsted’s original intent while conserving existing resources, preserving the fabric of the space , and creating connections and purpose.
The South Lawn was designed by Andropogon Associates, selected from a 2010 competition of nationally recognized landscape design firms. Andropogon Associates (an–dro–po–gon) is internationally recognized for ecologically-based landscape architecture and planning.
125 new trees have been planted to create a series of open, canopied spaces for gathering and recreation with stunning views of the Richardson buildings. Over 5,000 square feet of rain gardens have the dual purpose of serving as attractive planted areas that will address stormwater drainage and improve water quality. An entry plaza of granite and flagstone in front of the Towers Building serves as an elegant drop off for visitors. A 1300 linear foot pedestrian loop and an improved roadway evoke Olmsted’s attention to detail and materials. 112 parking spaces were relocated to serve the Buffalo Psychiatric Center and make way for the new landscape.