Leslie, a landscape designer and member of the Landscape Design Council, helped us celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of American landscape architecture. His designs provided an opportunity for people to interact with nature as well as other people. Olmsted understood the impact a designed green space had on people’s social, mental, and physical health when he began designing public parks. We explored the relevancy of his design principles and our interests in public green spaces by looking at Olmsted parks, their current issues, and the newest trends in public green spaces. We used Olmsted’s Connecticut parks as a starting point and then looked at some of the newest and most intriguing new park spaces through the design lens of Olmsted design principles. Leslie spoke about today’s parks, their role in our lives.