Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
The Parade was a 56-acre park designed by Olmsted in 1871. Redesigned by Olmsted’s son John in 1896, it became Humboldt Park and in 1977 was renamed Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
The park was originally connected to Delaware Park via the 200′ wide Humboldt Parkway similar to Bidwell Parkway on the west side. However, in 1960 the parkway was torn up and the 6 rows of stately trees were cut down to make way for the 6 high speed traffic lanes the Kensington Expressway, ripping out what was the spine of a strong working class community leaving a great divide in its place. The Science Museum is located in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, at what would have been the terminal vista of Humboldt Parkway.
The park’s most significant feature is the five-acre wading pool that once attracted thousands of people from the region. It is unfortunate that a generation of East Side residents has only experienced this feature as a barren, cracked, concrete basin. We are pleased to announce that with funding from the City of Buffalo, Phase 2 of the Wading Pool restoration was completed in 2013. The splash pool was expanded to cover almost half of the pool area with a completely replaced basin which will be flooded in the fall and spring as a five acre reflective pool. The reflective pool will serve as a skating facility in the winter as weather allows.
Winter is here! Old-fashioned pond skating and ice skates rental at MLK Jr. Park is free and weather dependent. Please call the ice line at (716) 838-1249, ext.17 for latest updates.
The MLK Jr. Park Splash Pad and Ice Rink is also a designated BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Healthy Zone.
For more information regarding city pools 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)