Bosted on Olmsted: Celebrate Spring and Olmsted’s Urban Vision with a Cadwalader Park Tree Walk

Posted in Education, Events, Past Events

David Bosted, shown during a fall 2019 walk, will lead a spring walk through Cadwalader Park Saturday, May 8.

With Historian David Bosted Saturday, May 8
(rain date May 9)
12:30 pm
Meet at Ellarslie

Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO) visited Trenton, NJ, in April 1891 to decide Yea or Nay on a park for the city. FLO decided the site was suitable and that he would take the job. The resulting Cadwalader Park turned out to be his last great urban park.

This spring Tree Walk will celebrate Olmsted’s historic visit and kick off a yearlong celebration leading up to 200th anniversary of FLO’s birth. David Bosted will discuss Olmsted’s plan for the park, the species of trees and shrubs he selected, and the way the artfully arranged plantings create vistas that are closed and then revealed.

Meet at Ellarslie. Participants should be capable of walking for one hour and should wear comfortable, durable walking shoes. Wear masks and maintain social distancing.

$5; Members $3. Pay at the door.

Cadwalader Park’s designer, Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO), is widely known as the Father of Landscape Architecture in America. Olmsted believed that the public realm should be a respite, a place to retreat from the stress of urban life. And he believed that public open space should be accessible to all people. By the time FLO began to design Cadwalader Park in 1890, he had been planning parks in this country’s leading cities for over 30 years. Cadwalader Park, notable as the only park in New Jersey personally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, turned out to be his last great urban park design.

David Bosted has lectured on Olmsted in many venues since his first lecture on the topic at Ramapo College in 1975. He designed and acquired land for a park system for Martha’s Vineyard Island as Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank in the mid-1980s. Locally, David Bosted served four terms as President of the Island Civic Association in Trenton and twelve years as a member of the Trenton City Zoning Board of Adjustment, including serving as Chairman of the Board. He is a Trustee of the Trenton Museum Society and Chairman of the Lawrence Township Shade Tree Advisory Committee. He is a retired attorney who served as a State Deputy Attorney General in New Jersey. He has a master’s degree in urban planning from Rutgers University.

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