Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas Frederick Law Olmsted is recognized as the founder of the profession of American landscape architecture and the nation's premier park maker; and

Whereas Frederick Law Olmsted spent twelve years at the end of his career at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, designing numerous landscapes, including the Emerald Necklace park system of Boston and Brookline, as well as training the next generation of landscape architects and establishing the nation's first full-scale professional landscape architecture office; and

Whereas Frederick Law Olmsted, his sons, associates, and successor firms left the Commonwealth of Massachusetts a magnificent legacy of public parks, parkways and open spaces; and

Whereas The people of the Commonwealth enjoy over 300 public spaces designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, his sons, associates and successor firms; and

Whereas The Commonwealth remains steadfast to honoring the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted by a continued tradition of commitment to preserving significant historic landscapes and encouraging the public’s appreciation, understanding, wise use and volunteer stewardship of its  historic parks, landscape architecture and outdoor public spaces,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 26, 2013, to be


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this seventeenth day of April, in the year thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts