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MLK Jr. Park

Community Discussion on the MLK Monument – POSTPONED


This community meeting has been POSTPONED to a later date.

This community meeting will address the following:
(1) Background on the Park: the Five Year Plan for MLK Jr. Park
(2) Vision for the Future of the MLK Monument in MLK Jr. Park: Repairs, Improvements, New Ideas

Email [email protected] or call (716) 536-1123

Hosted by the Buffalo African American Museum and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Winter Blast 2020

Winter Blast 2020 at MLK Jr. Park


Join us on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 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: Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
Place: MLK Jr. Park Casino and Basin
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All activities are FREE and include:

For more information, please contact Sarah Larkin at (716) 838-1249, ext. 18 or email [email protected].

The 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.



Official Opening of KaBOOM! Playground


During the week of Sept 16th to 20th, we built a playground at MLK Jr. Park, thanks to the support and time of over 250 volunteers! This Friday, October 4th, we are ready to officially open the playground for PLAY!

Please join us at 3pm to enjoy this new public space. All are welcomed.

Special thanks to our partners for making this incredible project possible: BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, KaBOOM!, Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

For any general inquiries, please contact Zach Garland, Community Outreach Manager at [email protected]

For media inquiries, please contact Sarah Larkin, PR and Events Coordinator at [email protected]

KaBOOM! Playground Build Week


Help build a playground with BlueCross BlueShield, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, KaBOOM! and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy!

Project Information

Who: A total of approximately 200 volunteers from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Work is available for volunteers of all levels of skill and ability.

Please note: All youth under the legal working age for this state will be welcome to participate in youth activities but will not be able to participate in building in the playground construction areas.

Build Day opportunities for youth

  • 0–4 year olds must be accompanied by a parent during a Build Day. Parents are welcome to work with their children on community organized kids’ activities (e.g. relay races, face painting and other games).​
  • 5 to legal working age can participate in special projects to make the playground site a welcoming community space (e.g. painting mural boards and stepping stones for pathways, writing thank you notes for volunteers), which will be organized as part of kids’ activities.
  • Legal working age to 17 year olds who are supervised by a parent, can help with playground equipment assembly and site improvement projects such as murals, gardens, and painting all outside of the playground construction zone (the flat dirt surface with holes dug for the playground structure).

All children on the build site, regardless of age, will need a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 175 N. Parade Street, Buffalo, NY 14211

What’s Provided: Breakfast, lunch and water will be provided. Gloves and other safety materials will be provided for the projects that require them.

What to Wear: The playground build will happen rain or shine. Please come dressed for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are required; sneakers or work boots that you don’t mind getting dirty are advisable. Please leave valuables at home as secure storage is not available on site.

Build Site Rules: All participants must comply with the following practices. These rules have been established and agreed upon to ensure the safety, comfort and respect for all involved. Failure to comply will result in immediate dismissal from the project.

  • Work together, treat everyone with respect and use family-friendly, inclusive language
  • Report any unsafe or inappropriate behavior to on-site staff
  • Please comply with all requests from on-site staff
  • Follow all safety guidelines
  • Only pre-approved power tools are permitted
  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Youth may not participate in areas of active construction
  • No smoking, alcohol or drugs
  • The use or carry of firearms is prohibited *with the exception of certified, active officers
  • Sign up as a volunteer here:

Build Week Schedule

Delivery Day: Monday, September 16, 2019 | 15 volunteers are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 1:00 PM – All prep work completed (approximate time)

Prep Day 1: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 50 volunteers are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 5:00 PM – All prep work completed (approximate time)

Prep Day 2: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 40 volunteers should be on “stand-by” in case they are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 5:00 PM – All prep work completed

Prep Day 3: Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 25 volunteers should be on “stand-by” in case they are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • TBD – All prep work completed

Build Day: Friday, September 20, 2019 | 200 volunteers are needed

  • 6:30 AM – Team Leaders arrive
  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 8:30 AM – Kick-off ceremony
  • 2:30 PM – Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Sign up as a volunteer here: