Olmsted Parks Conservancy completes restoration of historic comfort house

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The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announced the completion of the Rumsey Shelter restoration project in Delaware Park Thursday morning.

The house is located in the park at the intersection of Forest Avenue and Rumsey Road. It contains two restrooms and water fountains.


It was built back in 1935 and many of the original features have been restored like the windows, tile work and fireplace.

“I’ve been here over a decade with my family, we’ve walked by this facility just about every day,” said Jim Newman, board member of Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “As you can see now, it’s a beautiful piece of architecture that sat here unused.”

The $500,000 project began in the fall of 2018. It was funded with grants from Bank of America and the Erie County Greenway Fund.

The shelter will be open for use between  7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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