The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, (BOPC), a 501c3 not-for-profit, independent, community organization that promotes, preserves, restores, enhances and ensures maintenance of Olmsted Parks and Parkways in the greater Buffalo area to guarantee Olmsted park experiences for current and future generations.
Ultimately, we work to achieve our Core Purpose: To honor yesterday’s heritage, enhance the quality of life today for neighbors and visitors and create a legacy for the Buffalo of tomorrow.
Building Our Olmsted Jewel. We believe that the Buffalo Olmsted Parks System must be protected and rehabilitated to preserve and restore the historic integrity of Olmsted’s vision, and that the system must expand to connect the Olmsted parks throughout the city and connect to the Niagara River Greenway. The system must be branded as a unique and historic landscape.
Equal Access. We believe that there must be diverse and equitable use of the park system within its intended use.
Respect. We believe that operating from a foundation of respect and dialogue enables appropriate conduct, collaboration and interaction between and among individuals, with community partners and with park users.
Safety and Security. We believe that the park system must be safe and secure.
Sustainability. We believe that our system is best served with sustainable strategies of historic integrity, ecological diversity, and green design. We believe that the system must be managed and maintained through best management practices to achieve public use.
Working Together. We believe that partners must be involved to ensure meaningful participation by the community, and that well-maintained parks and parkways should be used as a community and economic development strategy for adjacent neighborhoods.
In 2019, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is …
A leading destination of connected historic parks, where landscape is art, education and advocacy are second to none, and where the fabric of the City is stitched together according to an ingenious System Plan.
As forward-thinking leaders, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy dialogues and collaborates to promote stewardship and ensure financial viability.
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy - a leading authority.
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy - stewards of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks and parkways ~ a world class system connecting people with nature, beauty and history.
*Note: Full Vivid Description is contained in our Strategic Plan.
Strategic Theme 1: Excellence in Infrastructure and Operations
Strategic Theme 2: Build Our Brand
Strategic Theme 3: Institute Programming
Strategic Theme 4: Execute the Plan for the 21st Century
Strategic Theme 5: Controlled Focus on Strategic External Projects
Two Major Time Periods Era 1 (2008 - 2012): Add the Muscles. Build capacity. Gain visibility. Build human and financial resources. Become known for our brand and programs. Implement priority Plan for the 21 st Century projects. Present for specific strategic external projects. Era 2 (2013 - 2019): Flex the Muscles. Leverage our brand and programs. Sought as a thought leader. Radically grow our income and capital sources. Implement priority Plan for the 21 st Century projects.
Best practices program ~ customer satisfaction, safety record
Goals for operations
Educational/experience levels of staff per plan
Strategy 1.1 Build a growth-oriented, strong, and contributing Board of Trustees Strategy 1.2 Build human capital of staff and volunteers with internal clear messaging and communication, and a culture of operational improvement Strategy 1.3 Institute aggressive exponential growth and build our portfolio of earned and contributed revenue streams Strategy 1.4 Implement technology improvements Strategy 1.5 Secure needed equipment and facilities to leverage our staff skills and improve park experiences
To ensure the Olmsted perspective is implemented in related regional projects
Part of a public works agenda/plan
Upper cap of time/effort
Strategy 5.1 To be involved appropriately with strategic external projects where they are linked to our mission
And The Rest 2008 – 2012 Deployment Agenda For each strategy, a five-year deployment agenda lays out the major actions which will be undertaken in each year. 2008 – 2009 Operating Plan An 18-month Operating Plan pulls together short-term strategic actions plus business-as-usual elements with a budget for implementation. Linkage to Personal Plans and Goals It is intended that each Operating Plan element is built into staff personal goals and position descriptions, so that executing the Strategic and Operating Plans is accomplished day-to-day, as people do their work.
Questions and Discussion The Board of Trustees approved the Strategic Plan at the September Board Meeting. Thank you.