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The water was turned on Monday morning at three of the City of Buffalo's splash pads. They'll be available to the public daily, weather permitting, but operated with social distancing measures in place.

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The goal is to bring Jefferson Avenue back to being a great East Side Buffalo shopping destination as it was long ago.

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For this last summer week before Labor Day and the start of school, this picnic in Martin Luther King Jr. Park was pretty standard: hot dogs, cold pop, bounce houses and families enjoying the vast splash pad. However, it was actually different: many women were in hijabs, the hot dogs were halal and the books on sale were English translations of the Koran.

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On Sept. 20, workers will start putting up a playground in Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Buffalo's East Side. On Tuesday, kids were asked for their ideas on what the park should look like.

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One of the largest Juneteenth festivals in the United States is set to kick off Saturday in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Work crews were out in the neighborhood on a cool and blustery Friday, sprucing up the greenspace.

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Improvements are on the way for a popular Olmsted Park, in the city of Buffalo. The project is part of the state's recently announced $50 million investment throughout the East Side. With more here's WBFO's Chris Caya.

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For a century and a half, local residents have used the park system established by the designs of Frederick Law Olmsted. A new exhibit probes the question, Who was Olmsted?

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Tucked away behind the Buffalo Museum of Science on Buffalo’s East Side is a quaint cottage garden in need of attention. State Senator Tim Kennedy, whose district contains about half of Buffalo's Olmsted parks, has secured $110,000 in state funding for the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to repair the garden landscape.

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The 43rd Juneteenth Festival in MLK Park had beautiful weather to celebrate the day after the Civil War when news of the end of the war and of freedom for slaves reached a far corner of Texas.

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Local community activists have formally launched their petition drive to remove and replace a large bronze bust that has stood in Buffalo's Martin Luther King Park since 1983. They demand it be replaced by a sculpture that more accurately portrays the civil rights leader's likeness. But not everyone in the local African-American community wants to see the existing bust removed.

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On this Martin Luther King holiday, a bronze bust depicting Dr. King will take center stage in Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the activist wants the bust of King in MLK Park replaced.  

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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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More than 90 years after its construction, a historic building in the heart of Buffalo’s East Side is getting new life and restored purpose. The 1926 casino building in Martin Luther King Jr. Park is nearly through the third and final phase of a $2.6 million renovation.

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In the summer, it's a splash pad. In winter, the pad transforms into an ice skating rink. This week, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is collecting new and gently-used skates at its Parkside Lodge office for skaters to use free of charge at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

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This Labor Day will be more than just a time to celebrate social and economic achievements in Buffalo. After a week when the public has been captivated by violent events, advocates from pro-peace groups across Western New York are hoping to make it a time to celebrate peace.

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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.

Mayor Brown addresses concerns about city splash pads

Jun 21, 2013
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In celebration of the last day of school in the City of Buffalo, its splash pads are open until 7p.m. Friday. The water playgrounds, especially the city’s newest one in Martin Luther King Park recently garnered a lot of community concern, because they were only opened on the weekends.

Gang member charged in MLK Park murder

Apr 23, 2013

An arrest has been made in a murder that took place nearly a year ago in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Buffalo.

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.    

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Construction delays have postponed the completion of the Humboldt Basin at Martin Luther King Park.

This means that there is no cooling splash pad available for families during these scorching days. Construction was expected to be done by July first. The contractor claims that the delays are due to additions to the project after construction began. The city is urging that the project be completed as quickly as possible.

Crews are working overtime.

A revised estimate for completion is targeting August.

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.