Delaware Park is considered the jewel in the crown of Buffalo’s system of parks. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner Calvert Vaux in the 1870s. It was a grand design. At one point, there was a boathouse on the lake, which is now called Hoyt Lake. There were a series of connecting parkways, as well.
The boathouse was removed in 1901, when the Pan American Exposition was held in Buffalo. Two structures were built during the exposition that still stand. They now house the Buffalo History Museum and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
The Buffalo Zoo began with a small collection of animals in the 1890s. The golf course came into existence in the early 1900s, with the 18-hole golf course being built in 1930.
In 1960, the park was split apart by the construction of the Scajaquada Expressway. Why anyone would want to build a highway through a park is beyond me. In my opinion, a park is a refuge from noise and chaos. The expressway destroys the peaceful oasis aspect of the park. For more information about the history of the park, take a look at the Olmsted Conservancy’s website at: click me