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Monday, November 3, 2008

‘Going Green’ project targets Olmsted

Olmsted parks will be not only greener but cleaner as new trees are planted and recycling stations pop up throughout the 1,200-acre system over the next few months.

Progress was made on both fronts Saturday in Cazenovia Park, where community volunteers put 50 seedlings in the ground and the first of 28 recyling bins was installed on a well-used pathway.

Dozens more trees were placed in Martin Luther King Park as the autumn planting phase of Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s campaign to add 10,000 trees to its historic green spaces over the next decade kicked into gear.

In coming weeks, volunteers will spend their tree-planting energies in Delaware, Front, Riverside and South parks.

The green-and-tan recycling stations with two receptacles — one for aluminum and plastic containers and the other for waste — are part of a long-term “Going Green” program developed by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy with a $50,000 grant from HSBC Bank.

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The painting is by Nancy Merkle

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