Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
Originally called The Parade (and from 1896 to 1977 known as Humboldt Park), this 50-acre park was located near the center of the German population on the city’s East Side.
Designed: 1868 – 1870 by Olmsted and Vaux; Redesigned: 1895 by Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot | Location: Bordered by Northampton, Best, N. Parade, E. Parade and W. Parade Streets; Fillmore Avenue runs through the park
In the early days, MLK Jr. Park was intentionally designed for activities such as a field for military drills and sporting events, as well as a large children’s playground. The Parade House, a magnificent restaurant, beer hall, and dance hall designed by Vaux, opened here in 1876 and immediately became a popular attraction for all of Buffalo’s diverse population. In an age when immigrants were arriving daily, such places, Olmsted thought, fostered the spirit of democracy.
In 1895, the Olmsted firm redesigned the park, replacing the Parade grounds with a nearly five acre reflecting pool, a basin for water plants and large fountain. The revised park also became known for its floral displays. Significant features of the park include the Conservancy’s working greenhouse and the Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Plaza. Learn more about your Buffalo Olmsted Park System at the official map & guide.
A designated BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Healthy Zone
FREE Skating & Skate-Rental (WEATHER DEPENDENT)
- Young children must be accompanied by an adult
- Participates must sign the waiver form with the BOPC staff on duty
- Olmsted Parks staff are NOT responsible for damaged, lost or stolen items
For more information regarding city pools, ice rinks and splash pad schedules, please call the Supervisor of Rinks and Pools at (716) 851–5998 or visit ci.buffalo.ny.us
Planning Your Visit
One giant splash pad/ice rink
(4) Tennis Courts
(2) Basketball Courts
(8) Picnic Shelters
The Humbolt Basin
Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Plaza
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is responsible for the rental of the Parkside Lodge, the fenced picnic area next to the lodge, croquet courts in Delaware Park, and the Caz Casino in Cazenovia Park.
The Delaware Park Marcy Casino, Rose Garden, and Japanese Garden are rented through Magnolia Events. (716- 886-0088)