uffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has launched a new augmented reality experience which takes place at the Olmsted parks and parkways throughout the city. The AR experience is not only impressive but the subject matter is fascinating.
To access the augmented reality experience, users simply download the Olmsted AR app and point their smartphone at the newly installed sign at Front Park to start the experience. Through augmented reality, users are able to see virtual 3D models of the historic Lake View House which stood before it was demolished.
Now visitors can imagine how the waterfront looked years before, in incredible visual detail as the Olmsted sign comes to life with augmented reality. The app can provide users with key information on park updates regarding amenity locations, events, closures, and alerts. Additionally, information on each of the signs provides visitors with instructions on how to use the AR app, as well as facts pertaining to the site.
The new app can be used at numerous parks and parkway locations, enabling visitors to interact with the Olmsted park system in ways that they could never have imagined.
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Executive Director, Stephanie Crockatt stated:
“Our parks and outdoor spaces are critically important for accessibility, now more than ever. As our community seeks refuge in Buffalo’s historic urban green spaces to exercise, gather with family and friends, and soak up the benefits of being in nature, the new Olmsted App 2.0 is the enhanced tool park users need to navigate their access, and for learning more about how our Olmsted parks play a vital role in everyone’s environmental health and wellness today.”
Designed by New Bird, the app is available on Android and Apple mobile devices. The app redevelopment was supported by Market New York through I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism as part of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, and M&T Bank.
The M&T Charitable Foundation at M&T Bank, Vice President & Program Director, Nancy Brock commented:
“M&T understands how important our Olmsted Parks System is to our community by providing access to beautiful green space for all of Buffalo’s neighborhoods. We are proud to support the launch of Olmsted App 2.0 which will enhance the experience of all users of the park system by creating a more interactive and educational experience.”
Delaware District Council member, Joel Feroleto said:
“Exploring and discovering our Olmsted parks has never been more important to our health and wellness… The Conservancy’s upgraded Olmsted App 2.0 is the tool we need to help us navigate, inform and educate. For instance, the new Augmented Reality feature in the App will show historic Delaware Park’s lost Quarry Garden, and there will be enhanced directions, signage, and park details in making our Olmsted system of parks accessible and patron friendly.”
Niagara District Council member, David Rivera concluded:
“Here, in Buffalo, we are so fortunate to have such a wonderful park system as Olmsted… The launch of the Olmsted App 2.0 only increases the number of ways in which families and individuals can interact with and enjoy these beautiful and historic green spaces.”
To learn more or download the mobile application visit app.bfloparks.org.