MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — While Frederick Law Olmsted may not be a household name, countless Milwaukeeans have spent time in his backyard, so to speak.
Olmsted is the landscape architect who designed both Lake Park and Riverside Park on the east side of Milwaukee, as well as Newberry Boulevard which connects them. Further west, he also designed Washington Park, which is surrounded by the Milwaukee neighborhood of the same name.
On Saturday July 16, 2022, the Friends Lake Park The group is commemorating the 200th anniversary of Olmsted’s birth with a free day-long celebration for the whole family.
Festivities include an old-fashioned parade with prizes for best costumes, a vintage jazz band, art tables, scavenger hunt, photo exhibit, birthday cake and more.
The band will sing Happy Birthday at 6:00 p.m., followed by a sliced cake for 400. Then the Chicago Cellar Boys, a vintage jazz band, will end the evening at the Summer Stage with a concert from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. :00 a.m.
Beyond Milwaukee, Frederick Law Olmsted is best known for designing New York’s 843-acre Central Park, which was completed between 1857 and 1876.