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.

Splash Pad in MLK, Jr. Park

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

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

Photos of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

BlueCross-Sponsorship

Special thanks to the generous support from our partner BlueCross BlueShield of WNY, the MLK Jr Park ice rink in the winter and splash pad in the summer is a designated BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Healthy Zone.