Frederick Law Olmsted
The father of of American landscape architecture and parks – 2012

It is difficult to find a park in California and across America that has been directly influenced by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Father of American landscape architecture. Honoring his early work in preserving Yosemite Valley, the promontory Olmsted Point near Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park was named after him. Olmsted was famous for designing dozens of America’s best-known urban parks, in San Francisco, across Oregon and the rest of America, including Lewis & Clark Centennial, Stanford University, and in New York, Central Park. Olmsted not only created numerous city parks around the country, he also conceived of entire systems of parks and interconnecting parkways to connect certain cities to green spaces. “An artist, he paints with lakes and wooded slopes; with lawns and banks and forest covered hills; with mountain sides and ocean views.”