PARTY IN THE PARK: April 26, 2022, marked 200 years since the birth of iconic American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, a crusader, conservationist, and advocate who championed the concept of public parks in the United States.
To mark the anniversary, more than 120 organizations have come together to launch Olmsted 200: Parks for All People, a yearlong celebration comprising talks, parties, exhibitions, and more. Olmsted’s career spanned more than 50 years, and he designed some of the country’s most beloved parks, including New York’s Central Park and Prospect Park, and the U.S. Capitol Grounds. “Frederick Law Olmsted proffered the idea that landscape architecture could create places that bolster the project of American democracy,” says Sara Zewde, founder of Studio Zewde and assistant professor of practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. “As we look at American life today, we see a great need and opportunity to build on these original aims of landscape architecture. That’s what Olmsted 200 is all about.”