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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2011 Archives > July 2011 > Mayor Announces $200,000 In Pool Improvements As Outdoor Pools Open

Mayor Announces $200,000 In Pool Improvements As Outdoor Pools Open

Contact: Mike DeGeorge
              (716) 341-9522

Playgrounds, Parks and 10 Outdoor Pools Now Open

Click here to view pool and splash pad schedule

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that public pools citywide are now open for summer 2011.

“I have made a strong commitment to upgrade our recreational facilities across the city including pools, parks and playgrounds,” said Mayor Brown. “We have spent $200,000 in pool renovations alone for this summer, as we continue to make quality of life a priority for our residents.”

All pools and splash pads will be open from July 1st to September 5th, weather permitting. Pools and splash pads are closed once day per week for maintenance purposes on a rotating basis.

The City of Buffalo spent approximately $150,000 last year and $200,000 this year, through the Department of Public Works, specifically for pool and splash pad maintenance and repairs. These repairs include: deck and gutter masonry work, pool painting, filter and pump repair, electrical work and inspections, basic building and plumbing maintenance.

“We are all looking forward to a fun and safe season and will continue to make our parks and pools something our community can be proud of,” said Steve Stepniak, Commissioner of the Department of Public Works.

The improvements made to pools and splash pads are part of an ongoing effort to transform pool and park areas. On June 8th, Mayor Brown opened city splash one month earlier than the scheduled July 1st date.

In February, Mayor Brown announced the largest investment for playground equipment in 20 years, a $1.6 million citywide playground equipment upgrade program. 35 playground areas received improvements including: play features, swing sets, benches and wood fiber safety surfaces.

Pool, splash pad and surrounding park improvements will continue. The Department of Public Works is using $3.9 million in capital funds to complete the MLK, Jr. Basin Project, scheduled to be completed by next year. The project will provide a new splash pad for summer months and a historic water feature year-round. Roosevelt Splash Pad will be refurbished as part of the upcoming Phase II Roosevelt Shelter House improvements. Centennial Pool will undergo construction and receive $400,000 in capital improvements, including security lighting, a wading pool and landscape features. The renovations are in addition to the $3 million reconstruction project that allowed Centennial Pool to be open for public use in July 2010.

Pools and splash pads adhere to the same schedules: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. The only exception is Lanigan Splash Pad, which is open from 10:00 a.m-6:00 p.m.

For more information on pool schedules, visit or call the Mayor’s Call and Resolution Center at 3-1-1.