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Splash pads are now open in Buffalo

Three of the city's splash pads opened on Monday
Posted at 12:36 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 17:56:23-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Parents now have one more summer activity they can do with their kids. Splash pads opened at three parks in Buffalo on Monday.

Open splash pads are at:

  • MLK Park
  • Centennial Park
  • Roosevelt Park (toddler splash pad)

The city said these splash pads were picked because they are the biggest, and naturally allow for social distancing.

“It’s enormous," said Mike Finn, Commissioner of DPW, Parks, and Streets, when referring to the splash pad at MLK park. "So we can tell first family that comes up alright you go to that splash, get that section of the splash pad; the next family will go to the other one. When they’re done, they’ll keep cycling in and out. That way we’re able to monitor the social distancing and keep everyone safe.”

The splash pads are typically not staffed, but the city said they will be staffed this year. The staff will direct families, and tell people what part of the splash pad they can go to. There will also be designated entrances and exits.

Additionally, the city said it will not be enforcing time limits for the splash pads, welcomed words to parent Buffalo parent Veronica Snow. Snow said it's been hard to entertain her five kids since school ended, with the city's playgrounds and pools still closed.

"Them being able to get out here and enjoy this water, is the greatest thing for them right now," Snow said.

The city said it will be looking at other splash pads throughout the summer, and how they can be modified to allow social distancing.