Park Projects

Park Projects in your Buffalo Olmsted Park System

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy seeks to develop a list of prioritized projects every five years. This is an effort that follows the Plan for the 21st Century, our master plan for the Buffalo Olmsted Park System that was created in 2008. The projects identified below are part of the priorities reflected in the Five Year Plan: 2020 – 2024.

View 5 Year Plan Report Online

Would like to get more involved in the community outreach process?

Please consider attending an Olmsted Community Alliance meeting or reaching out to Zhi Ting Phua, Director of Engagement and Inclusion at [email protected].

Learn about the Olmsted Community Alliance

Ongoing and Upcoming Park Projects

Colonial Circle

Systemwide Projects

Signage and Wayfinding

  • Funding Amount: $409,500
  • Funding Source: NYPA Greenway Funds
  • Project Scope: Update manual, refurbish existing park signs, design and install new signs
  • Current status: Consultant completing design process
  • Anticipated Timeline: Installations to begin summer/fall 2022
  • Operational Impact: input during design, coordination during construction, maintenance after install
Riverside Park

Riverside District Projects

Riverside Park Baseball Field

  • Funding Amount: $125,000
  • Funding Source: DASNY Grant
  • Project Scope: repairs to baseball backstop and fencing and improvements to the diamond itself.
  • Current Status: Backstop ordered, install to be coordinated after baseball season
  • Anticipated timeline: award/construction 2022
  • Operational Impact: Ops will be responsible for maintenance of new backstop/fencing and renovated baseball field
Prospect Park Shelter

West District Projects

Prospect Park Shelter Building

  • Funding Amount: $85,000
  • Funding Source: Federal HUD Funding
  • Project Scope: to address immediate Electrical/HVAC/Plumbing needs and start overall abatement work.
  • Current status: CoB finalizing bid package, CoB looking to bid in August
  • Anticipated Timeline: Construction to start late 2022
  • Operational Impact: Operations space may be limited during construction and abatement work.

Prospect Park Pathways

  • Funding Amount: $610,000
  • Funding Source: NYPA Greenway Funds & Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation
  • Project Scope: Existing asphalt pathways throughout both sides of the park to be restored, new benches to be installed
  • Current status: Agreement with contractor in place, start of construction in July/August
  • Anticipated Timeline: Construction to start August 2022 and complete Q3 2022
  • Operational Impact: Input during design, coordination during construction, maintenance after install
MLK Jr Park - June 10, 2022

MLK Jr. District Projects

 MLK Jr. Park Improvements

  • Funding Amount: $4,000,000
  • Funding Source: ESD
  • Project Scope: Lighting, Greenhouse, Pathways, Signage, Site Amenities
  • Current Status: Greenhouse Condition Assessment Completed. Lighting construction to start Q3, community outreach is ongoing. Agreement in place for pathways, signage, amenities
  • Anticipated timeline: Lighting construction to start Q3 2022. Design to begin for pathways, signage and amenities
    Operational Impact: Heavy park impact and coordination needed during construction

MLK Jr. Park Perimeter Improvements

  • Funding Amount: $500,000
  • Funding Source: CoB
  • Project Scope: Additional wood bollards and boulders at park perimeter to limit vehicles driving through the park
  • Current Status: Executing contract
  • Anticipated timeline: Installation to start October 2022
  • Operational Impact: Minimal impact during installation, anticipate increased maintenance need around boulders/bollards

MLK Jr. Park Plaza Improvements

  • Funding Amount: $200,000
  • Funding Source: Erie County
  • Project Scope: Artistic Lighting at monument plaza
  • Current Status: Completing grant paperwork with the County
  • Anticipated timeline: Lighting construction to start Summer/Fall 2022
  • Operational Impact: Coordination needed during construction

MLK Jr. Park Casino Renovations

  • Funding Amount: $580,500
  • Funding Source: CoB CIP
  • Project Scope: Renovate upstairs of the Casino
  • Current Status: Construction is underway
  • Anticipated timeline: Construction to resume Spring/Summer, targeted completion Fall 2022
  • Operational Impact: Minimal, coordination during construction.
Tulip Poplar_South Park_M Lapp_Nov 2021

South District Projects

Cazenovia Park Playground

  • Funding Amount: $450,000
  • Funding Source: Erie County
  • Project Scope: New inclusive playground by Caz Casino
  • Current Status: Completing grant paperwork with the County
  • Anticipated timeline: Design and community input in Q3-Q4 2022
  • Operational Impact: Heavy park impact and coordination needed during construction

Cazenovia Park – Pathways (COB)

  • Funding Amount: $350,000
  • Funding Source: COB CIP
  • Project Scope: Reconstruct and realign pathways on south side of Cazenovia Creek.
  • Current Status: Construction began. On hold – DEC/Army Corp joint Article 14 permit needed. Construction likely to resume in late summer/fall.
  • Anticipated timeline: Completion in 2022

Cazenovia Casino – Facility Condition Assessment (COB)

  • Funding Amount: $100,000
  • Funding Source: CDBG
  • Scope: Facility Condition Assessment
  • Status: Consultant selected, LaBella, assessment to commence in September/October. Anticipated preliminary information to review in October

Abbott Road – Phase 2 (COB)

  • Scope: Reconstruction of Abbott Rd building off Phase 1 project
  • Status: Public meeting to be schedule for Q3

South Park Clubhouse/Visitor Center

  • Funding Amount: $200,000
  • Funding Source: Erie County
  • Project Scope: ADA restroom upgrades
  • Current Status: Consultant on board, site visits underway
  • Anticipated timeline: Design Q3 and Q4 2022, bidding/construction Q1 2023
  • Operational Impact: Construction coordination especially with impacts on golf

South Park Bridge (COB)

  • Funding Amount: $2.077 million
  • Funding Source: BridgeNY, TIP
  • Project Scope: Reconstruction of bridge
  • Current Status: Memorandum of Agreement with SHPO in place. Preliminary design report in place.
  • Anticipated timeline: Detail design Q3-Q4 2022. Construction anticipated for 2023.

South Park Ring Road (COB)

  • BOPC continues to work with City of Buffalo Parks Department and Engineering on final recommendation.
Delaware Park Grand Staircase_August 2021

Delaware District Projects

Marcy Casino West Stair Replacement

  • Funding Amount: $250,000
  • Funding Source: CoB CIP
  • Project Scope: Replace concrete stairs at west side of Marcy Casino
  • Current Status: Project has received additional funding and contract is progressing at City Hall
  • Anticipated timeline: 4 month construction schedule, estimated completion is Fall 2022.
  • Operational Impact: Construction and site access coordination

Grand Staircase

  • Funding Amount: $700,000
  • Funding Source: Private donations, Greenway, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Fund
  • Project Scope: Repair granite stairs at Hoyt Lake
  • Current Status: Historic masonry restoration company engaged
  • Anticipated timeline: Construction to begin late summer
  • Operational Impact: Construction and site access coordination

Do you have questions, feedback or would like to get more involved in the community outreach process?

Please consider attending an Olmsted Community Alliance meeting or emailing a Conservancy staff member:

Brian Dold, Director of Planning and Research
[email protected]

Zhi Ting Phua, Director of Engagement and Inclusion
[email protected]

Please note that we are doing our best to keep this webpage updated. Anticipated timelines and schedules are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.