Buffalo, NY (RELEASE) – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Andrew Rabb, were joined by dozens of city children, who helped them celebrate the official start to the city’s summer pool season by jumping into Centennial Pool in Buffalo this morning, Saturday, June 30th. City crews worked hard to get Centennial pool open by the start of the weekend, one day before the official July First opening of public pools city wide, to offer relief to residents as the temperature once again is expected to soar into the eighties.
“Who would have thought Mother Nature would pull another heat wave on us so soon in the season?” said Mayor Byron W. Brown, noting that 8 of the city’s 11 splash pads opened ahead of schedule earlier this month because of the extreme heat. (3 splash pads remain under construction.) “City crews worked hard to get Centennial Pool open, one day ahead of schedule, and we’re excited to continue an important summer tradition by opening all of our public pools on Sunday, July First. For young people, summer is a time to relax and enjoy a break from school, but it is also an invaluable opportunity for them to be active and engaged in fun and enriching programming.”
ALL pools will be open on Sunday, July 1, 2012,from 11am-7pm. City pools, in addition to its Splash Pads, will be open for the duration of the summer season through Labor Day, weather permitting, following their regular schedule.Pools and splash pads are closed one day per week for maintenance purposes on a rotating basis.
· Shoshone Pool – foot of Beard St.
· Allison Pool - 50 Reese St.
· Centennial Pool – foot of Porter Ave.
· Houghton Pool – 36 Spann St.
· JFK Pool – 114 Hickory St.
· Kensington Pool – corner of Kensington Ave &Grider St.
· Masten Pool – Best St & Orange St.
· Riverside Pool – 2505 Niagara St.
Wading Pools (max 2ft deep): 11am – 7pm
· Crowley St Wading Pool – Crowley & Tonawanda
· MLK, Jr. Wading Pool – Humboldt Pkwy & Best St.
Indoor Pools will follow Summer Schedule: 9am – 8pm weekdays, 11am – 6:30pm weekends
· Cazenovia Pool – 626 Abbott Rd.
· Lovejoy Pool – 1171 E. Lovejoy St.
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 included: deck and gutter masonry work, pool painting, filter and pump repair, electrical work and inspections, basic building and plumbing maintenance.
“My strong commitment to upgrade our recreational facilities across the city including pools, parks and playgrounds continues,” said Mayor Brown. “We have spent $200,000 in pool improvements alone for this summer, as we continue to make quality of life a priority for our residents.”
“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 Deputy Parks and Recreation Commissioner Rabb.
The improvements to pools and splash pads are part of an ongoing effort to transform Buffalo pool and park areas. With $11 million worth of park projects planned for the next two years, Mayor Brown’s administration will have invested nearly $30 million to improve and beautify our parks system since 2006. Last year, the city spent almost $7 million to improve parks, including $1.6 million in improvements to playgrounds. It was the largest investment in parks in 20 years.
A number of pool, splash pad and surrounding park improvements are currently underway, including the $4.5 million MLK, Jr. Basin Project, scheduled to be completed by late summer 2012, the $567,000 city-wide splash pad automation & improvement project, to be completed by fall 2012, the $300,000 reconstruction of the Centennial Splash Pad, (which is in addition to the $4 million reconstruction project that allowed Centennial Pool to be open for public use in July 2010), and the $200,000 reconstruction of the Roosevelt Splash Pad, both to be completed by spring, 2013.
Pools and splash pads adhere to the same schedules: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.