Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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November 2018 81 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 8 5 Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Donates $200 Million for Park Systems In a celebration of what would be Ralph Wilson's 100th birthday, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is donating $100 million each to the cities of Buffalo and Detroit. The money will go towards "creating signature parks" and "a connected trail system" within them, in an overall attempt to strengthen the communities. The two cities were chosen because Mr. Wilson lived in southeast Michigan and the football team he owned, the Buffalo Bills, is located in Buffalo. Organizations within these two regions are welcome to apply for grant funding of their projects by visiting the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation's website. So far, there are at least two confirmed parks and trail systems to receive $50 million each, the West Riverfront Park in Detroit and LaSalle Park in Buffalo. Forty million dollars will be given to each park for capital construction and $10 million to each for endowment support. Furthermore, according to an article by detroit.curbed. com, both parks will be renamed Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park upon completion. I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 3 7

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