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Fred's Facts

Parks build healthy communities by creating stable neighborhoods and strengthening community development. Research shows that residents of neighborhoods with greenery in common spaces enjoy stronger social ties.

Fred’s Facts

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April 13, 2011

Frederick Law Olmsted’s park designs include passages of scenery in which the visitor becomes immersed, experiencing the restorative action of the landscape. To achieve this result, he subordinated all elements of the design to the single purpose of making the landscape experience most profound.

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April 13, 2011

The quality of “delicacy”, which involves variety, intricacy, and fine gradation of texture, tint and tone, was fundamental to Frederick Law Olmsted’s artistic and civilizing purpose.

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April 13, 2011

Iroquois Park for Frederick Law Olmsted represented “a treasure of sylvan scenery” providing “the grandeur of the forest depths in the dim seclusion of which you may wander musingly for hours.”

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April 13, 2011

“A man’s eyes cannot be as much occupied as they are in large cities by artificial things …without a harmful effect on his entire constitutional organization… Landscape was able to refresh and delight the eye and through the eye, the mind and the spirit.” — Frederick Law Olmsted

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April 13, 2011

Frederick Law Olmsted created landscape experiences, to have a humanizing effect on the citizens: to soften their harsh life, and to bring people of all classes together to interact and gain a sense of community.

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April 13, 2011

Although captivated throughout his career by large, rural parks, during his later years Frederick Law Olmsted became intrigued by the social possibilities created by small urban spaces. Small neighborhood parks, playgrounds and squares might provide opportunities for respite from the congestion and noise of urban life.

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April 13, 2011

Frederick Law Olmsted noted that parks were beneficial for “the healthfully soothing and refreshing effect which experience proves is exercised upon people escaping from the splendor and bustle, the confinement disturbance of towns, into the midst of spacious natural scenery.”

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April 13, 2011

With its stylized system of roads and concourses, music court, lily pond, and carefully arranged border plantings, Shawnee was the most formal of Frederick Law Olmsted’s large, pastoral parks.

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April 13, 2011

“Landscapes move us in a manner more nearly analogous to the action of music than anything else.” — Frederick Law Olmsted

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April 13, 2011

“Gradually and silently the charm comes over us, the beauty has entered our souls; we know not exactly when or how.” — Frederick Law Olmsted