Fall River Arts Project is placing a mural honoring the preeminent landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, on the west facing wall of the Kennedy Park maintenance building in the South End neighborhood of Fall River. Olmsted and his firm, Olmsted & Vaux, designed many parks across the US in the mid-1800s, including Central Park in New York City and the Emerald Necklace in Boston. Olmsted was known for his love of nature and using meandering paths in his designs, which continue to transport visitors away from the stress of urban life. Fall River hired Olmsted to design several of the city’s parks, including Kennedy Park, in the 1860s. The mural will showcase this often forgotten aspect of the City’s history and contribute to the revitalization of the South End.
The Omsted Mural will provide the park’s visitors with the opportunity to learn more about Olmsted and the city’s history by including a QR code that will link to a dedicated page on FRAP’s website. An historian is writing an article on the history of Kennedy Park and Olmted’s significance that will be published on the website.