Martin Luther King Park

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A large and peaceful vigil was held in memory of George Floyd in Buffalo’s Martin Luther King Jr. Park Saturday afternoon. It was one of several major demonstrations that took place across the city.

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The protest group Just Resisting is demanding changes in the way Martin Luther King Park's casino is used. It is part of a larger fight for a smaller police force and more community input in city activities.

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The annual Juneteenth Festival in Martin Luther King Park enjoyed two good days of hot, steamy weather, though Sunday's rain did wash out some of the program. The wet burst did little to dampen the enthusiasm of festival organizers.


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An annual celebration of African-American culture and history will be held this weekend at Martin Luther King Park.

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After just one year in operation, a section of the splash pad in Martin Luther King Park is slated to be torn up to make repairs.

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Even though defects are now showing up in the city's new multi-million-dollar splash pad at Martin Luther King Park, Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown says activities will continue as planned.

MLK Park will be setting for annual Olmsted gala

Jul 12, 2013
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The Olmsted Parks Conservancy continues to improve Buffalo's park system for its citizens. Friday night it will host its 11th annual Gala at Martin Luther King Park.  As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the event serves as a major fundraiser for Olmsted.

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Sunday's weather started out poor, but it finished well, leading to large crowds at Buffalo's annual Juneteenth Festival in Martin Luther King Park.

$4.5 million splash pad opens at MLK Park

May 31, 2013
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After a lengthy delay, officials cut the ribbon Friday on a new, state-of-the-art splash pad at Buffalo's Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

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After more than a year of delays, a new high-tech splash pad will be ready to open for the summer season at Martin Luther King Park on Buffalo's East Side.

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Questions continue to surface regarding the delayed completion of the new splash pad at Martin Luther King Park.

The state of the art facility was scheduled to open on July first. Some residents are insinuating that racial differences are causing the delay, but contractors claim that materials used in the construction are a challenge to work with and the process is taking longer than anticipated.

The five-acre, $4.5 million project will be provide recreational possibilities during all seasons.

It looks as if work on rebuilding the landmark wading pool in Martin Luther King Park will continue after the swimming season ends, leaving residents without the vast structure for a second year in a row.

The $4.5 million project was supposed to be finished in time for this season. Then, the hope was to lose only part of the season. Now, it won't be done until a later date.

City keeping close watch on MLK Park construction

Jul 13, 2012

The completion date of a new, high-tech wading pool at Martin Luther King Park in Buffalo has been delayed.  But Mayor Byron Brown he is focused on the quality of the project, not the delays.

"This is going to be a world class water feature.  It's going to be a state-of-the-art water feature," said Mayor Brown.

Mayor Brown said the city is closely monitoring the revitalization project.   The new wadding-splash pad was supposed to be completed by July 1., but the contractor, Man O' Trees, now said it won't be ready until August 10.    

Victim of MLK Park shooting dies

May 16, 2012

One of the five people wounded during last weekend's shootings at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park has died.

Officials say 26 -year-old Marquayle Lee died late Tuesday night in the Erie County Medical Center intensive care unit. He had been in critical condition.

Lee was the most severely wounded of the group, which was having a picnic in the park Saturday night when a gunman opened fire.  Three other men and one woman were injured.

Buffalo police are hoping someone will come forward and identify the man who walked up to a birthday party Saturday night in Martin Luther King Park and fired multiple rounds into people leaving the party.

"One individual gunman is who we're looking for," Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards told WBFO and AM970 News.

Mayor Brown spent part of Sunday at the park, trying to reassure the public that the case will be solved swiftly.

"It certainly is a cowardly act," Richards said, noting the incident occurred the day before Mother's Day.

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A birthday celebration at Martin Luther King Park took a tragic turn Saturday evening.

Approximately 60 people were gathered for a barbecue when a man of average height and weight, wearing a hoodie and light colored jeans, approached. He opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun, scattering adults and children alike. Five people were hit and have been hospitalized. Two are reported to be in critical condition. The suspect fled on foot.

Police are asking the public for help. The tip line can be reached at 847-2255.