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Explore articles, news coverage and other online resources highlighting the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted — and the benefits of parks in our communities.

Feb. 23, 2021

New Website Launches a Celebration of the Legacy of Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted

The official 200th anniversary of the birth of landscape great Frederick Law Olmsted doesn’t hit until 2022 — but the celebration has already kicked off.
Feb. 8, 2021
The Washington Post

Opinion: Listen to Frederick Law Olmsted on the Capitol Grounds

Capitol Police want more security around the Capitol. Rather than listening to them, Congress should pay attention to Frederick Law Olmsted.
Feb. 2, 2021
Roll Call

Congressional mandates unfulfilled by Trump’s Interior Department

Julie Waterman calls for the restoration of millions in funding for urban parks grant programs.
Nov. 3, 2020
The Epoch Times

The Olmsted Legacy

A core belief in the inherent goodness of people and nature.
Nov. 1, 2020
Carillon News

NAOP and Olmsted 200 Announce a Carillon Composition Competition

To celebrate Olmsted’s legacy, NAOP is sponsoring a carillon composition competition.
Sep. 23, 2020
Louisville Courier Journal

New 600-acre Origin Park will Integrate Ohio River Flooding into an Elevated $130M Design

Plans are in the works for a new 600-acre park in Southern Indiana along the Ohio River.
Aug. 27, 2020
How Stuff Works

8 Famous Parks Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Plus a Tiny One You May Not Know About

Olmsted's landscape architectural firm actually created many scenes of beauty nationwide.
Jul. 31, 2020
The Washington Post

Pandemic Underscores How Public Parks Shape Public Health

Uneven access to green spaces is a health risk that can affect longevity and mental health.
Jun. 24, 2020

In Public Lands Is the Preservation of the Republic

Can America's parks and preserves bring together a divided country?
May 22, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Commentary: With a Closed Lakefront, a Chance for Underappreciated Parks to be Cinderella

Many of the legacy parks that are now open, which have suffered from underinvestment and neglect, could emerge during this time of social distancing to, again, be the model for the kind of public landscape that we need in the future.
May 16, 2020
The New Yorker

Frederick Law Olmsted’s War on Disease and Disunity

In 1861, Olmsted gave up oversight of Central Park to run the newly created and privately funded U.S. Sanitary Commission, a predecessor to the American Red Cross.
May 6, 2020
Inside Sources

Olmsted’s Living Legacy: Urban Parks in the Age of Coronavirus

In recent weeks, thousands of us have sought relief and respite in our urban parks. In so many ways, they have allowed us to survive and thrive in these challenging times.
Apr. 27, 2020

How Pandemics Spurred Cities to Make More Green Space for People

From wider, tree-lined boulevards to lush parks, 19th-century cholera pandemics shaped some of the world’s most famous urban landscapes.
Apr. 25, 2020
The New York Times

How to Save Summer 2020

A balance can be found to be both safe and outdoors.
Apr. 7, 2020
Garden Club of America

Celebrating the Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted

Olmsted 200 will bring together landscape architects, city planners, journalists, policy makers, public health professionals and community leaders to stimulate a national discussion about access to parks and civic space for all Americans.
Apr. 1, 2020
New York Daily News

Parks are Cathedrals, Especially Now: Appreciating Public Spaces During a Pandemic

Parks and other natural spaces have never been so appreciated, or as heavily used as they are now.