One of Buffalo's most treasured cultural assets, this public urban forest is maintained, preserved and restored by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC), in a successful public-private partnership with the city of Buffalo.  We invite you to learn more about these historic open spaces, about their creator, Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture, and about the BOPC.  


'WINTER BLAST' Grand Opening Celebration at MLK, Jr. Park Ice Rink was a BLAST!

January 17, 2015.  We want to thank everyone for being a part of 'Winter Blast' at MLK, Jr. Park Ice Rink, a designated BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Zone. A 'Blast' was had by skaters of all ages as they enjoyed FREE skating, hot cocoa, face painting, music and a variety of winter activities.

Old-fashioned pond skating is weather dependent and open to the public Mon. - Fri. from 1:30PM - 5:30PM, Sat. & Sun. from Noon - 5:30PM. Thanks to the generous support of the Buffalo Sabres Foundation and BlueCross BlueShield, hockey and figure skates are available in a variety of sizes and FREE of charge. For ice rink condition updates, please call 838-1249 ext. 17.
Photo taken by Jim McCoy, The Buffalo News

Friday, January 10, 2015

Mayor Byron W. Brown, Stephanie Crockatt, interim executive director of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Dave Anderson, president and CEO of BlueCross Blue Shield of WNY, and Demone Smith, Majority Leader of the Common Council officially open MLK, Jr. Park Ice Rink for the winter season.

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Saturday - January 24, 2015
The MLK, Jr. Park Ice Rink will be OPEN TODAY
from Noon - 5:30PM.

The MLK, Jr. Park Ice Rink is a designated
BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Zone,
click here to view festivities from 'Winter Blast'.

Ice Rink Hours:
Mon. - Fri. from 1:30PM - 5:30PM
Sat. & Sun. from Noon - 5:30PM
Please note that ice skating is weather dependent.
For daily ice rink updates, visit our website or call
838-1249 ext. 17.
Skating is FREE and open to the public. Hockey and
figures skates are available in a variety of sizes and
FREE of charge.

It's a New Year and all new events in 2015! Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for further details.

April 22, 2015:  Educational Lecture Series with Guest Speaker Douglas Blonsky, President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. Special Note: Earth Day and Frederick Law Olmsted's and birthday (April 26, 1822).

May 29, 2015:  "Spring It Forward" Luncheon. Kick off the park season with an Olmsted luncheon. Special thanks to our Co-Chairs: Janis Dunworth, Mass Mutual  & Christine Wiktor, M&T Insurance.

September 11, 2015:  "13th Annual Olmsted Gala" Wind down the summer of 2015 with a fun evening under the stars.

Mid/Late October:  Educational Lecture Series, date details to come.

We would like to note that we have put Flurrious! and Party for the Parks on hold this year. If you have any questions, feel free to call 838.1249. Thank you and we'll see you in the parks.


Stephanie Crockatt Named Interim Executive Director

The board named Stephanie Crockatt, the conservancy's current senior director of institutional advancement, interim executive director. Stephanie joined the conservancy this past June, following seven years as director of extrenal affairs for the University of Georgia College of Environmental Design starting in 2007. Prior to that, she was president and executive director of the LPGA Tournament Owners Association from 1999 - 2007. For five years, she served as tournament co-director for the LPGA Oldsmobile Classic. She holds a bachelor of landscape architecture with a focus on golf course design, and a master of parks and recreation both from Michigan State University.


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