2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, social reformer and founder of American landscape architecture. Olmsted’s sons, John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., were responsible for the design and landscaping of Memorial Park after Ninah Cummer invited the Olmsted Brothers to have a representative come to Jacksonville to discuss the park 100 years ago in 1922.
The National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP), of which Memorial Park Association is a member, has created a website, olmsted200.org, to acknowledge and celebrate Olmsted’s birth. The year-long celebration includes an invitation to the public to share their Olmsted story and Memorial Park Association is pleased to share the story submitted by Mark Krancer, owner of Kram Kran Photo, and ardent park supporter since 2014. Mark’s love of the park has produced hundreds of spectacular images, including the one shown above, shot from a small aircraft on January 29, 2022.
Click here to read Mark’s story.