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.

MLK Greenhouse and Shelter

Self-guided Mobile Audio Tour of MLK Jr. Park

Learn about the stories and history behind MLK Jr. Park at the free self-guided mobile audio tour. More tour stops to come in fall 2020! Stay tuned!

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Winter Fun: FREE Skating & Skate-Rental

Ice-skating is CLOSED for the season. In the winter (weather depending), the ice rink hours are Monday to Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, Noon – 5:30 p.m. Ice Line: (716) 838-1249, ext. 17. Skate-rental is FREE at the MLK Casino.

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MLK Splash Pad

Summer Perk: Enjoy the Sunshine & Splash Pad

The MLK Jr. Park Splash Pad is open over the summer through Labor Day, Monday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., weather dependent.

Splash Pad Rules
– Young children must be accompanied by an adult
– NO bare feet
– Parks Staff are NOT responsible for damaged, lost or stolen items

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Support Your Parks

Our members are the core of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. With your unrestricted gift to the annual fund, our dedicated team takes care of the 850 acres of Olmsted green spaces in Buffalo. We count on your financial support to keep the Olmsted Parks clean, open spaces where Buffalonians continue to play, exercise and enjoy nature together.

Planning Your Visit

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Amenities

One giant splash pad/ice rink
(4) Tennis Courts
(2) Basketball Courts
(3) Playgrounds
Picnic Tables
(8) Picnic Shelters

Points of Interest

The Humbolt Basin
Rose Garden
Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Plaza
The Casino

Rental Information

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)

FINDING YOUR WAY TO THE PARK

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