Frequently Asked Questions

Which parks are parks of the Buffalo Olmsted Park System?

The Buffalo Olmsted Park System is made up 850 acres of parkland throughout the city of Buffalo. The main system is comprised of 6 major parks: Cazenovia Park, Delaware Park, Front Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Riverside Park, and South Park. The park system also includes 7 parkways, 8 circles and 4 smaller park spaces.

I'm interested in volunteering in the Buffalo Olmsted Parks, who should I contact?

For groups and individuals interested in volunteering in the Buffalo Olmsted Parks, please visit or email 

What are the hours of operation for the Conservancy?

Our offices are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What is the address of the Conservancy?

The Conservancy’s main office is located at the Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park, 84 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214. Click here for directions.

What is the distance around the ring road in Delaware Park?

The ring road is 1.89 miles; the inner path or cinderpath is 1.5 miles

Miscellaneous phone directory

Cazenovia Park Pool: 716-851-5998
Riverside Park Pool: 716-851-5998

Cazenovia Ice Rink: 716-875-4820
Riverside Ice Rink: 716-875-4820

Botanical Gardens: 716-827-1584
Buffalo Zoo: 716-837-3900

Hasek's Heroes Rink Schedules

I witnessed someone damaging park property. What should I do?

Please call 911 in case of criminal activity, and please do not intervene.

I would like to have an event in one of the parks. Do I need a permit?

Yes, you do! If you are planning to use any of the shelters in the parks or you are holding a special event, please contact Arlene Mustafa from the city of Buffalo to reserve it, 716-851-9670 or You can also place your request online using the “City of Buffalo Parks Rental and Event Permit page”.

City of Buffalo Parks Rental and Event Permit page

Are there any grilling stations in the parks?

The city of Buffalo has an ordinance against open flames, but in Front Park and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park there are grilling stations which are the ONLY places grilling can occur. Charcoal and embers must be disposed of properly. Please do not dump these on the grass.

Where can I park in the parks?

You may park only on paved surfaces and complying with street signage. Parking on the grass, pedestrain pathways, and other restricted areas will result in parking tickets and towing.

Can I reserve a sports field or a ball diamond?

Yes! Please call Gary Tomporowski at 716-851-9694 or place your request online.

City of Buffalo Sports Permit Page

How do I join a sports league such as baseball, soccer, tennis, etc?

For soccer, please contact Delaware Soccer Club.

For tennis, contact Tennis Buffalo for information including tennis in Olmsted parks in Buffalo.

For baseball, you might start with Buffalo Wings Baseball, and the American Legion Baseball, but a quick online search will show more users of baseball fields in the Olmsted parks that you might contact.

Can I fish at Hoyt Lake? Is the water potable?

Please do not drink the water in Hoyt Lake as it is not potable. Provided you have a NYS fishing license, fishing is allowed. Please use your own discretion if you plan to consume the fish you catch.

When can I boat on Hoyt Lake?

Boat rental at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park is available at the following hours, weather dependent:

Monday to Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 1 hour before sunset
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 1 hour before sunset
Rental location: By The Terrace at Delaware Park and Hoyt Lake, 199 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14222
Parking is available along Lincoln Parkway.

To reserve a fleet of 5 rowboats for special events ($100/hour), please contact Captain Ray at the Buffalo Maritime Center at (716) 440-6358. (Available only outside of daily operational hours)