Frederick T. Proctor Park (corner of Culver Avenue and Rutger Street)
Though F.T. Proctor Park is the smallest of Utica's Parks at 62 acres, it is considered the "crown jewel" of the city's parks. It was originally designed by Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects as a "country" park, renowned for its open vistas and "borrowed views" as seen from its Grand Entrance, Grand Lawn, Ravine, Lower Meadow, and Upper Field. All of these features remain today, thanks to the restoration and preservation undertaken by the Central New York Conservancy and the City of Utica.
Other features have been added or restored over the years, including the Lily Pond and Bathhouses, Butterfly Garden, and stone staircases. Many of the stone structures in the park were added during the WPA era and though they are not original to the park's Olmsted design, they are no less significant.
Starch Factory Creek flows through F.T. Proctor Park and during the spring and summer months, it attracts crowds of children who enjoy diving and swimming in its waters.
F.T. Proctor Park contains a number of stately trees. Silver maple, red oaks, Norway maple, red maple, sugar maple, hawthorn, flowering crabapple, catalpa, locust, and spruce may all be seen in the park. Wooded areas of the park contain a vast array of trees, including ash, American beech, linden, witch hazel, hophornbeam, birches, hemlock, arborvitae, pine, black cherry, and oak. A variety of native shrubs, perennials and both native and non-native grasses may be found in the park's woods and open marshes. The Grand Entrance to the park has spectacular seasonal flowers that have been planted by garden clubs and Conservancy volunteers.