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Home > Leadership > Mayor > News Room > Mayor Brown Celebrates Start of Summer at Splish Splash Summer Bash at MLK

Mayor Brown Celebrates Start of Summer at Splish Splash Summer Bash at MLK Jr Park

Mayor Byron W. Brown joined representatives from the Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy and BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York for the Conservancy’s Splish Splash Summer Bash 2017 held at MLK Jr. Park.  The event celebrates the start of summer and school summer vacation. Activities included the BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Zone Cruiser, free face-painting, balloon art, arts and crafts and healthy snacks from Ashker’s and James Desiderio Inc. The festivities were held in collaboration with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the City of Buffalo.

“I thank BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy for partnering with my Administration to preserve and promote this world-class community attraction for our City residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Mayor Brown. “We take great pride in the MLK Splash Pad and the many other community investments we are spearheading in Buffalo to enhance the quality of life for all of our residents.”

“We are celebrating our 7th year of corporate partnership with BlueCross BlueShield in support of Olmsted’s historic Humboldt basin, and the 5th year of this splish splash healthy zone in MLK Jr. Park,” said Stephanie Crockatt, executive director, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “What a great achievement! This summer at MLK is very special place to be as we look to unveil the restored Casino, and I want to thank Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo, as well as the special funding provided by Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples Stokes. These types of public-private-nonprofit partnerships continue to make such a critical difference here at MLK, and across the Olmsted park system.”

The five-acre MLK splash pad, a designated BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Healthy Zone, is part of the city's $4.5 million all-season water attraction that opened during the summer of 2013. It is a reflecting pool during the spring and fall, and an old-fashioned ice rink during the winter.

"Now that summer is officially here, we are ready to kick off another season of fun at the MLK Jr. Park Splash Pad," said Julie R. Snyder, vice president, corporate relations, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. "We're proud to continue our partnership with Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the City of Buffalo to ensure that the community has a great destination to visit to stay cool and active all summer long."

Beginning June 26, 2017 through Labor Day, the splash pad will be open every day from 11:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. (weather dependent).