Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the splash pads are open at MLK, Jr. Park, Roosevelt Park and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park. The splash pads will be open 7 days a week, from 11am to 7 pm, through Labor Day. Attendants will be on hand to ensure safe physical distancing and fewer spray towers will be operating to create more space between visitors.
Mayor Brown stated, “While our splash pads are a great source of relief from the summer heat, I encourage residents to continue to protect themselves while having fun. Please practice safe physical distancing so we can continue to maintain public health and safety. The COVID-19 emergency is still here and the virus still poses a threat to us all.”
Mayor Brown is reminding residents that tonight there is a 6 pm parking switchover, from 6 pm Monday to 6 pm Thursday. The alternate side parking on these streets is critical for emergency vehicle access.
The City of Buffalo continues to offer assistance to eligible restaurants interested in offering outdoor dining services. Per New York State regulations, outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated. Restaurants can submit open public space use plans at buffalony.gov/ reopenbuffalo.
The Census response rate for the City of Buffalo as of Monday, June 22nd was 49.1%. Mayor Brown continues to push for 100% participation. An accurate count is critical to the City’s ability to access hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid that fund infrastructure improvements, education, critical community programming and much more. Complete your questionnaire at 2020Census.gov.
ConnectLife says donations are down and many June blood drives have been canceled. Mayor Brown is asking healthy residents to give blood and asks organizations to consider hosting blood drives to help boost the local supply. Donating is safe and physical distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To donate or to host a drive, visit connectlifegiveblood.org.
If you are interested in getting tested for COVID-19, you can find your closest test site by visiting covid19.buffalony.gov.
The map contains a complete listing of all COVID-19 testing sites, with addresses, which are located throughout the City, contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation, and whether the site requires a prescription by a doctor for testing. Additional locations to provide this vital service can be added to this resource by visiting www.buffalony. gov/SubmitTestSite.
The 2020 City of Buffalo Bulk Trash Collection and Tire Drop Off will resume in July. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the City postponed the spring collection.
The updated Bulk Trash schedule is as follows:
Ellicott- July 12
Fillmore- July 19
Niagara- July 26
Masten- August 9
Lovejoy- August 16
South- August 23
Delaware- August 30
North- September 13
University- September 20
Additionally, City residents can dispose of up to 4 old car tires per event, at no cost, at the Buffalo Broadway Garage, located at 197 Broadway, between 7:30 am and 3 pm on July 25th and September 12th. For more information, contact the City’s Call and Resolution Center at 311.
Mayor Brown urges all Buffalo school students to take part in his Virtual Reading Rules! Kid’s Summer Reading Challenge. His 19th Challenge and Awards Ceremony for Champion Readers will take place completely online this year. Every student who reads 10 books plus writes 10 book summaries, now through August 14, 2020, will be eligible to win even more amazing Raffle Prizes in July & August plus bonus prizes at Mayor Brown’s Virtual Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 29, 2020.
Mayor Brown established this important educational program 19 years ago when he received alarming statistics about local students who were testing below the New York State average in English Language Arts and Literacy. Since then, over 20,000 children from the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Region have improved their literacy proficiency skills by participating in Reading Rules! To learn more about the challenge, visit buffalony.gov.