When: Saturday, September 29 (rain date Saturday, October 6) from 1 – 3 p.m.
Program: 11:30 a.m. – Luncheon at Conservancy office (1641 Genesee Street); Includes slide show about the Parkway’s seasonal plantings and Utica’s Olmsted Parks.
12:45 p.m. – Walking tour of Memorial Parkway; meet in the Conservancy’s parking lot at 1641 Genesee Street; Led by Hamilton College Prof. Emeritus Rand Carter and architect Mike Lehman
Cost: Luncheon and walking tour – $22; Walking tour only – $10.
The Memorial Parkway: A neighborhood like no other
You may drive Utica’s Memorial Parkway daily or live nearby, but do you know about the Parkway’s monuments, magnificent houses, historic neighborhoods, and gardens?
Bring your curiosity and questions to the Conservancy’s 2nd Annual Fall Walking Tour of the Memorial Parkway on Saturday, September 29 (rain date Saturday, October 6) from 1 – 3 p.m.
The walking tour, given by Hamilton College Prof. Emeritus Rand Carter and architect Mike Lehman, will commence at 12:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the Conservancy. Professor Carter and Mr. Lehman will lead the group and offer information, historical facts, insights, and anecdotes about the Olmsted Bros. designed Parkway, its monuments, its neighborhood houses and gardens.
A luncheon will take place prior to the walking tour at the Conservancy’s office (1641 Genesee Street) at 11:30 a.m., where landscapers Cheryl and Peter Youngman will present a slide show about the Parkway’s seasonal plantings and their work in Utica’s Olmsted Parks.
Tickets are on sale now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-walking-tour-on-the-parkway-tickets-49667873948?janus_fv=exp_eb_85363_auto_generated_tagging%3DA. Cost for the walking tour only is $10. The luncheon and walking tour is $22. The luncheon is limited to 40 people so reserve your place early.
Parking is available for walking tour participants in the First Source Federal Credit Union parking lot across the street from the Conservancy at 1634 Genesee Street. On-street parking is available on Derbyshire Place and Holland Avenue.
The Memorial Parkway is part of the Utica Parks and Parkway System that includes FT and TR Proctor Parks and Roscoe Conkling Park/Valley View designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., whose father famously designed Central Park in NYC, the Delaware Park in Buffalo, and the Emerald Necklace in Boston.