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MLK Jr Park Playground Design Day with KaBoom!


We’re building a playground! And we need YOUR HELP!

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the BlueCross BlueShield Blue Fund and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation are joining forces with KaBoom! to design and build a brand new, state of the art playground in MLK Jr. Park.

This project will kick off on DESIGN DAY, where a KaBOOM! Project Manager will lead a meeting for adults and an interactive session for kids. Mark your calendar!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
Buffalo Museum of Science – The Cummings Room
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211

4:30pm | Children’s Design Session
Calling all playground experts! All kids present will have the chance to draw their dream playground. The drawings will be used as inspiration for the final playground design.

5:30pm | Adults’ Planning Meeting
Community support is essential to making this project a success. Attendees will learn more about working with KaBOOM! and have the opportunity to sign up to be on the planning committee for the playground Build Day. They will also use the children’s drawings to help pick out playground equipment and colors for the new custom playground.

Please email Zach at zach@bfloparks.org or call 716-536-1123.


On Friday, September 20th, 2019, volunteers from Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Blue Fund and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, in partnership with KaBOOM!, will build a great new place for kids to play in ONE day. Stay tuned for details!

Splish Splash Summer Bash at MLK Jr. Park

Splish Splash Summer Bash 2019 at MLK Jr. Park


Special thanks to presenting sponsor, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

Kick off the summer holidays with splash pad fun and free activities at MLK Jr. Park! FREE and open to all — bring your friends and family!

Event Details
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the MLK Jr. Park Splash Pad and Casino

Enjoy FREE Activities provided by:
Healthy Zone Cruiser
Kids yoga by Yoga Parkside
Kids fitness activities by JumpBunch of Buffalo
Photos and high-fives with Billy Buffalo and Buster Bison
Face Painting by Squiggly Art Face Painting
Balloon Art and Animals by Tim the Balloon Guy
Library on Wheels (Buffalo & Erie County Public Library – Central Library)
Buffalo Museum of Science

FREE Healthy Snacks and Beverages provided by:
Ashker’s Buffalo
Upstate Farms

Click here to view Facebook event!

Click here to download Event flyer!

For any inquiries, please email Sarah@bfloparks.org or call 716-838-1249, ext. 18.

2019 State of the Parks featuring the Five Year Plan Reveal


Please join us at the State of the Parks, featuring the reveal of the Five Year Plan Report. This report covers park priorities and projects in the Buffalo Olmsted Park System for the next five years — 2020 to 2024.

Event Details
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | 5:30 p.m. ­— 7:30 p.m. | Burchfield Penney Art Center | 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

For Questions or to RSVP
Email Sarah@bfloparks.org or call 716-838-1249, ext. 18

Visit bfloparks.org/summer2019 for updates on summer 2019 events!

OLMSTED EVENT: Winter Blast 2019 at MLK Jr. Park


Thank you for joining us at Winter Blast 2019! Check out the photos below.

Winter Blast 2019 | MLK Jr. Park | Feb 16, 2019

Join us on Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 for Winter Blast, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the City of Buffalo.

There will be indoor and outdoor activities planned for that afternoon. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, Feb 16, 2019
Place: MLK Jr. Park Casino and Basin, free parking is available at (1) West Parade Circle and Humboldt Parkway South, and (2) North Parade Avenue and Northampton Street
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Click here to view the Facebook event!

Click here to download the Event poster!

All activities are FREE and include:

For more information, please contact Zhi Phua at (716) 838-1249, ext. 31 or email Zhi@bfloparks.org

BCBSWNY logoThe MLK Jr. Park Basin is a designated BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Healthy Zone, and it serves as a old-fashion pond skating rink in the winter and splash pad in the summer.