Buffalo to Rename Columbus Park
After a unanimous vote by the City of Buffalo Common Council; Christopher Columbus Park, which is located on Buffalo's waterfront, is going to have a new name.
According to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, when the Columbus statue was installed in the 50's, there was a request to rename the park after the statue.
The common council credited the Italian-American community for the name change to Prospect Park, which is the original name of the park.
There has been a fair amount of discussion and controversy surrounding the legacy of Christopher Columbus. Many local activists have argued for this park to be renamed, in addition to a number of communities across the country changing the name of the Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous People’s Day. This change in Buffalo is also the latest in a series of park name changes we have seen in recent years.
A new statue will be erected in Prospect Park that will portray a immigrant Italian family arriving in Buffalo.