On Saturday, Feb 16, 2019, Winter Blast, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the City of Buffalo, will take place at MLK Jr. Park from 11am to 1pm. The event will take place in the casino and basin at the park.
All activities are FREE and include:
MLK Jr. Park Basin History
This Buffalo eastside park was originally named The Parade by Frederick Law Olmsted. Later, it was renamed Humboldt Park and most recently renamed MLK Jr. Park. The park’s most significant feature is a five-acre water basin with a central lighting fixture. The historic basin is located to the east of the brick Casino building. The building was reconstructed in 1926 and has undergone extensive exterior and interior renovations as of 2018, where today free ice-skate rentals are offered. The basin itself was renovated from 2011 to 2013 and now seasonally serves as a summer splash pad, reflecting pool, or winter ice skating rink as weather allows.
About the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the first nonprofit organization in the nation to manage and operate an entire urban park system that consists of over 850 acres of parks, parkways and circles. The park system was designed more than 150 years ago by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Today, over 2.5 million people use Buffalo’s historic and award-winning Olmsted Park System annually for recreation, relaxation and rejuvenation. Since 2004, basic maintenance of the parks has greatly improved since the groundbreaking public-private agreement between the City of Buffalo, Erie County and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. The Conservancy’s mission is to promote, preserve, restore, enhance and maintain the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed landscape in the Greater Buffalo area. Learn more at: www.bfloparks.org
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