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Elizabeth Public Library Hosts Free Lecture on Frederick Olmstead, Creator of Warinanco and Central Parks

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A sign welcomes visitors to Warinanco Park. Credits: Fran Sullivan
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ELIZABETH, NJ – Now that spring has arrived, the place to be is Warinanco Park with its meandering roads, flowering azaleas, and scores of budding major leaguers. While the park may be home to Union County residents, few are aware of it famous origins, or rather its famous creator Frederick Olmstead, the designer of Central Park in New York.

This Thursday, May 14, at noon, the Elizabeth Public Library will host a free lecture to familiarize the public with the Olmsted philosophy of landscape design and his legacy as it exists today throughout New Jersey, including the Union County park system. It takes place in the auditorium on the fourth floor of the main library at 11 South Broad Street.

After screening the short documentary Branch Brook Park—Legacy of the Gilded Age, Kathleen P. Galop, Esq., principal of Preservation Possibilities LLC, will lead a discussion on the Olmsted Firm’s philosophy on park design including features of the Union County Park System.

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Olmstead, who died in 1903, came to New Jersey in 1867 to select a site for Branch Brook Park in Newark, America’s first county park. He is considered by some to be the father of American landscape architecture. He was also a journalist, social critic, and public administrator.

For more information, contact Aimee Fernandez-Puente, library associate, local history and reference at 908-354-6060 ext. 7152 or e-mail afernandez@elizpl.org.

 

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