Monday, May 23, 2011


On Saturday night, May 21st, the southern half of Delaware Park in the City of Buffalo sustained significant damage due to vandalism.  The Marcy Casino building (199 Lincoln Pkwy) was the victim of graffiti on several of its columns and walls as well as the elevator for the handicapped.    The Ivy Bridge in Rumsey Woods was spray painted.  The decorative top of the ornamental fountain in the Rose Garden was snapped off.  The slide at the children’s playground was maliciously destroyed by caving in its base and the top being tied up with rope.  Earlier in the evening more than 100 teenagers and young adults were witnessed congregating around the Marcy Casino.  The president and CEO of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Thomas Herrera-Mishler, held a press conference today at 2:00 pm at the Marcy Casino to address this recent rash of vandalism.  Council Members LoCurto, Rivera, and Police Chief Barba were in attendance for the press conference.  Below are a few photos of the damage.

It is up to the community who patronizes the park to see that the Japanese Gardens are maintained as a kid-friendly place free from crime and destruction.  Those with information regarding the vandalism are asked to contact the Buffalo City Police tip line, (716)847-2255, and or the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, (716)838-1249.


  1. That is really awful... who would do that??? And why would there be 100 teens gathered on a school night? I hope something gets figured out so these people can be charged.

  2. How pathetic. We are taking a walking field trip through this area this week to show our students Buffalo's wonderful cultural heritage and the gifts that Frederick Olmsted brought to Buffalo. Now, unfortunately, our students will again see how selfish choices ruin things for everyone. I guess the challenge is before us to find ways to make this a teachable moment...

  3. I hope they will put out a call for volunteers to help clean up the damage. I would be willing to help.