Palmer Park: An Olmstead Park

Palmer Park: An Olmstead Park

3Community Charette facebookVolunteers from the Michigan Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Congress for the New Urbanism lead the Palmer Park Master Plan project that kicked off with an opening presentation and visioning session on Friday, Nov. 23, 2013. On Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, the final Master Plan Proposal for the future of Palmer Park will be presented to the public. The project was a community service project led by Bob Gibbs of the Gibbs Planning Group in Birmingham, Michigan.olmsted

The volunteers — some of our area’s top landscaper architects, environmental experts, urban planners and architects — are thrilled to work on a master for a park that was originally laid out by Fredrick Law Olmsted, considered by many to be the father of American Landscape Architecture. 

Frederick Olmsted Sr. and his partner Charles Eliot designed approximately 110-acres of Palmer Park under the direction of Lizzie Palmer between 1893 and 1895. Olmsted would retire in 1895 having completed some 500 commissions. Olmsted also designed Central Park in New York City, the Emerald Necklace in Boston, and Belle Isle here in Detroit.

Olmsted’s sons, accomplished landscape architects in their own right, would go on to found the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1899. The American Society of Landscape Architects is the national profession association representing landscape architects. Starting from the original eleven members, the organization has grown to 15,428 members and 48 chapters representing all 50 states. For more information on landscape architecture and the ASLA please visit. 

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