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During Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's daily COVID-19 briefing, he noted that county parks were experiencing issues with too many people congregating in just a limited number of the 10,000 acres available throughout the system. His latest warning came hours before having to confirm two more coronavirus-related deaths in Erie County.

WBFO file photo/Thomas O'Neil White

Erie County legislators heard Thursday morning from leaders of the Parks and Health Departments about the positive test results for lead in dozens of pieces of playground equipment in county parks.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Shut it down. That’s the message coming from Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw in a letter sent to County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Wednesday regarding county parks playground equipment suspected of having lead paint.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is pushing back against allegations his office has been mismanaging money borrowed for the Department of Parks. The Buffalo News released a report Wednesday detailing a lack of renovations to pavilions, roads and bathrooms within the parks system, most notably at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Meet Erie County's temporary hired help to take on an invasive plant removal pilot project. They come with four legs and a big appetite. And they're now truly eating away a big problem in Como Lake Park.

Courtesy Erie County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Facebook page

Erie County has a new Ranger Program aimed at improving safety and educational opportunities in county parks. While the program has been in the works for a while, it follows a number of accidents on the Eternal Flame Trail at Chestnut Ridge Park earlier this year, including one that took the life of a 14-year-old boy. 

Photo provided by the Erie County Executive's Office

There has been another round of park vandalism, this time at the Black Rock Canal Park in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood.

Local leaders collaborate to promote safety in parks

Jul 9, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Erie County leaders are collaborating to promote safety and maintain a family-friendly atmosphere in county parks.

Erie County kicks off National Volunteer Week

Apr 8, 2014
Peter Anderson / Press Secretary, Office of the Erie County Executive

The 40th annual National Volunteer Week is now underway. The celebration honors individuals and organizations dedicated to giving back to the community.

Erie County is increasing handicapped accessibility in some of its parks, not an easy task in woods and on trails.