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Posted on: December 3, 2020

Mayor Brown Invites Buffalo Residents to Help Shape Future of City Parks

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BuffaloParksMasterPlan-TakeSurvey (3) (1)Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown today invited Buffalo residents to help shape the future of parks in neighborhoods citywide. The Trust for Public Land in partnership with the City of Buffalo launched a new online survey where residents can comment directly on the development of the city’s park plan. The city also released the Buffalo Unlimited Activity Book, a fun opportunity for residents of all ages to get creative and share their vision for local parks.

Parks are an essential part of community life in Buffalo and connect people to nature, improve community health, and enhance the environment. The Buffalo Parks Master Plan is a project of The City of Buffalo, The Trust for Public Land, New City Parks, and the Regional Plan Association. The community can find out more about the plan here: https://www.tpl.org/our-work/buffalo-parks-plan

 “As part of my ongoing commitment to bring quality parks to every neighborhood citywide, I’m pleased to invite all City residents to let us know what they’d like to see happen in our parks going forward,” said Mayor Brown. “Our parks are such an important community asset. The Buffalo Parks plan will continue the momentum and set the stage for the future of our world-class parks system. I encourage all residents to fill out the online survey to make their voices heard.”

“Buffalo has great parks and we appreciate the opportunity to work with the city to make the whole system more equitable and better meet the needs of Buffalo residents,” said Carter Strickland, New York State Director for The Trust for Public Land. “Buffalo residents have important insights about what works in the parks and what they would like to see, and sharing those insights with us will help make for a better Parks Master Plan.”

Public input is critical to developing the new Parks Master Plan, which will reflect the changes in demographics and lifestyles and serve as a long-term road map for a parks system citywide that is relevant, sustainable and equitable for Buffalo’s diverse community. Since 2006, Mayor Brown has invested $74 million in parks citywide.

Residents can participate in the parks plan in the following ways:

  • Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BuffaloParks
  • Try your hand at park design, check out our activity book. https://www.tpl.org/our-work/buffalo-parks-plan
  • Residents can also pick-up and return activity books at the following libraries: Central Library (downtown Buffalo)
  • Crane Branch Library Dudley Branch Library
  • East Clinton Branch Library Elaine M. Panty Branch Library Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library
  • Isaías González-Soto Branch Library Leroy R. Coles, Jr. Branch Library
  • North Park Branch Library

Complete and return at least half of your activity book by February 5, 2021 for a chance to win prizes. Completed activity books can be returned at the front desk if libraries are open, or dropped in book return bins. In the event that these bins are locked due to COVID-19 restrictions, please hold on to your books until they are open again. This will only occur if Buffalo is designated as a Red Zone. Send thoughts or feedback directly to buffaloparks@tpl.org

This project is made possible through a generous donation from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.


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