Zoo Cascade & Zoo Falls Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The 297-acre Seneca Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who is considered to be the founder of American landscape architecture. He was prolific in the Rochester area where he designed four major parks: Seneca, Genesee Valley, Highland, and Maplewood. Olmsted’s designs were revolutionary for the late 1800s. Instead of laying out precise squares and gardens, he planned clumps of woods, meandering trails, bridle paths and spectacular views. He planted trees carefully to effect a “forested” look. This natural, quiet look was half of Olmsted’s design philosophy. The other half created spaces for more active use, such as the open areas for ball fields and ponds for swimming in summer and ice skating in winter. Pavilions and bridges were designed in a neo-classic style to separate activity areas."