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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > July 2014 > Mayor Brown Continues Commitment To Citywide Parks

Mayor Brown Continues Commitment To Citywide Parks

$4 million in play court upgrades brings Mayor Brown’s overall investment in city parks to $35 million since 2006

July 16, 2014 -  Refurbished basketball and tennis courts will soon further improve recreational opportunities for children and adults in Buffalo.  Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Deputy Parks Commissioner Andrew Rabb announced $4 million in play court improvements at 22 city parks.

“Breathing new life into our city’s many wonderful recreation opportunities will add to the on-going momentum in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown.  “With more than 10,000 new jobholders coming to Buffalo as a result of the $4.4 billion in new economic development activity, we need to continue to build up our city as a great place to buy property, live, work and invest.”

The $4 million in improvements will be done in phases.  Each project will include the complete replacement of the courts and plans to paint lines on the tennis and basketball courts.  $3.5 million in funding was made available through 2013 and 2014 Citywide Parks Improvement Bonds.  CDBG Funds will also pay for an additional $500,000 in court improvements this summer to Masten and Schiller Parks. (Work is about to get started.)

Project Status
Phase 1 is almost complete and includes $1 million in play court improvements to Durant, J.H.Williams, JFK, Fr. Eckridge, Houghton, Lincoln and Woodlawn Parks. Most of the improvements include newly refurbished basketball and tennis courts.

Phase II is now underway and includes $1 million in improvements to Wende, Hennepin, Cazenovia and McCarthy parks.  Upgrades will be made to basketball and tennis courts.

Phase III, a $1 million improvement project, is currently in the design phase. Construction will begin next year at MLK Park, Collins, Trinidad, Dewey, Peter Street, Glenny, Sperry and Okell parks 

With these coming parks improvements, Mayor Brown’s total investment in city parks grows to $35 million since 2006.  This project builds on the $2.3 million investment in improvements to playgrounds and other major investments in splash pads and picnic shelters citywide.