The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy first broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the “Longest line of garden flamingos” on June 21st, 2018, in Bidwell Parkway. Since then, the flamingo, re-named FLOmingo in honor of Frederick Law Olmsted, has also become the unofficial mascot of the Conservancy.
In October 2019, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ was taken back by Pledge the Pink of Callawassie Island, South Carolina with over 3,300 flamingos in a line. However, Olmsted 200, the national celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday, adds pressure to the Conservancy’s attempt to regain the title in 2022.
“2022 will prove to be a year of celebration, as our community and country honors the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted,” said Stephanie Crockatt, Conservancy Executive Director. “And while paying homage to a great visionary man, we intend to have some fun in our parks as well and bring attention to the importance of Buffalo’s Olmsted collection being the nation’s first urban park system. With the awesomely competitive nature of Buffalonians, we hope everyone will help us attempt to reclaim Buffalo’s world record and pre-adopt FLOmingos now, in preparation for the grand event in 2022.”
To learn more about BOPC and their upcoming FLOmingo event, click here.