With heat and humidity expected to increase later this week and into the weekend, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that the City, as always, is monitoring weather conditions and coordinating its resources and services to help keep people safe from the potential for dangerous heat and humidity this weekend. He also encouraged everyone to check on their neighbors during this latest heat spell and to call for assistance when necessary. According to the National Weather Service, heat will begin to increase on Friday and continue throughout the weekend, with highs near 90 and a potential heat index in the mid 90s.
Mayor Brown stated, “The COVID-19 public health crisis has changed our lives, but it will not change the city’s commitment to helping residents during the hot summer months. To assist some of our City’s most vulnerable populations, such as seniors and people with disabilities, I’ve asked volunteers of my Good Neighbors Network to conduct regular wellness checks and outreach to ensure our residents get the help they need. I also encourage all residents to check on their relatives, neighbors and friends during the next few days because helping our residents seek relief from the heat is among our top priority.”
Mayor Brown launched the Good Neighbors Network in April as an outreach strategy to help ensure that vulnerable residents remain connected and can access help while still protecting their own health and the health of their neighbors, friends and families. To volunteer with Mayor Brown’s Good Neighbors Network, go to buffalony.gov/volunteer.
In anticipation of another hot and humid week, Mayor Brown also reminded residents that if they do lose power, please immediately call National Grid at 1-800-867-5222.
Below are a few other ways City residents and visitors can beat the heat later this week, while staying safe and practicing social distancing.
Splash Pads at Cazenovia, Centennial, MLK, JR. and Roosevelt Parks are open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. Social distancing practices are being monitored by park staff at all splash pads. For more information, go to www.buffalony.gov
The new FLOAT-mingo boats on Hoyt Lake are a great way to cool off and celebrate the City’s Olmsted Parks System. The new paddle boats are a collaboration between the Buffalo Maritime Center, which runs the Hoyt Lake Row Boats, and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Rent a FLOAT-mingo paddle boat for $15 for a half hour session at the boat house near The Terrace in Delaware Park each day from 12-8 p.m. The last ride of the day goes out at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to bfloparks.org or call 716-838-1249 ext. 31.
All City of Buffalo playgrounds and fitness stations are now open for public use .For public safety in light of the COVID-19 virus, visitors are asked to wear a face covering and maintain at least six feet of distance between each child not from the same household.
City playgrounds are cleaned weekly, however, play equipment is not sterilized. If parents or their children feel sick, they are asked to stay home. Playground users are also asked to wash their hands frequently, including before and after using play equipment. Signage is posted at all playgrounds and fitness stations with health safety reminders.
The City is accepting applications for picnic shelters. Applicants are restricted to rental of a single shelter for groups of 25 people or less. Park bathroom facilities will remain closed until further notice, with portable toilets now available. Park shelter applications are available on at: www.buffalony.gov/364/Park-Rental-Events-Permit.
Mayor Brown continues to encourage residents to get outside and safely enjoy the City’s many great, shaded parks this weekend. The City of Buffalo’s “Walking Parks and Trails” is the ultimate guide, providing maps of 25 different walking, jogging and cycling paths residents can utilize for exercise and recreation. The guide was produced in partnership with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the Tifft Nature Preserve to give people more options for passive outdoor activities as they continue to maintain safe physical distancing while they engage in their exercise routines. The free guide is available at: www.buffalony.gov.
Mayor Brown continues to encourage residents to complete their 2020 Census questionnaires. If you need a computer to respond, visit your local (air-conditioned) library, where online access is always free and available. The City’s Census response rate as of Wednesday, July 15th is 49.4%. Mayor Brown set a goal of 100% participation. An accurate count gives the City the chance 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.
In the comfort of your own home, or under a shaded tree, please encourage Buffalo School students to keep on reading as part of Mayor Brown’s Virtual Reading Rules! Kid’s Summer Reading Challenge. 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. To learn more about the challenge, visit buffalony.gov.