BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has announced the creation of a "Flotilla" as three additional "Floatmingos" have arrived at Hoyt Lake.
The conservancy is also hosting a naming contest for the four Floatmingos, which begins today and runs until July 13. The winning names will be announced July 16 through email and social media. Winners will receive a free Floatmingo ride and a gift certificate to The Terrace at Delaware Park.
You can enter the contest on the conservancy's website here.
“Boating in Hoyt Lake is a time-honored tradition,” said Joe Koessler, President of the Buffalo Maritime Center Board of Trustees. “Our partnership with the Conservancy aligns with the Maritime Center’s mission of promoting knowledge and appreciation of our community’s maritime heritage, and that now includes our fancy flock of FLOATmingo paddle boats. We hope everyone in the community comes to Hoyt Lake to experience beautiful water views of Olmsted’s Delaware Park.”
The flamingo is the unofficial mascot of Olmsted and coined the name FLOmingo for Frederick Law Olmsted.
Floatmingos and rowboats are available for rental from noon to 8 p.m., weather dependent. Rowboats are $10 for 30 minutes, Floatmingos are $15 for 30 minutes.