Buffalo spending $4 million to improve courts, playgrounds in city parks

Jul 16, 2014

Upgrades are on the way for 22 parks across the City of Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown says the city is spending an additional $4 million this year in improving parks and playgrounds.

"We talk a lot about quality of life in the City of Buffalo and the importance of improving quality of life to improve our city. Parks are a very important amenity in that," Brown said Wednesday.

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The focus of the improvements is on play courts. The project includes complete replacement and restriping of basketball and tennis courts.

Speaking to reporters off East Ferry near Jefferson, Brown said Perkins Park is used by a lot of neighborhood children.

"We needed to replace the basketball courts and upgrade the playground equipment. You'll see this playing itself out again and again in parks throughout the City of Buffalo," Brown said.

Brown says the next phase includes making an assessment of sports fields and baseball diamonds citywide.