Division of Parks & Recreation
Social Distancing Disclaimer
All City of Buffalo parks are open from sunrise to sunset, though we do ask that park-goers take extra precautions to stay healthy and safe. While solo exercise and passive use such as jogging, fishing, biking, walking and reading is okay, certain high-risk team sports, such as basketball, football, lacrosse, volleyball, and hockey are not permitted in City parks at this time. However, certain low to moderate risk sports such as tennis, golf, baseball, softball and soccer are being permitted with special conditions. Please maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when outside and avoid congregating in groups. City parks are closed after dark.
All City park buildings, including pool facilities, remain closed. However, in those City parks that have picnic shelters, open splash pads and permitted sports activities, portable toilet units will be placed and cleaned daily.
Our City park playgrounds and fitness stations are also open from sunrise to sunset. For public safety, please wear a face covering and maintain at least six feet of distance between each child not in the same household. Playgrounds are cleaned weekly, however, play equipment is not sterilized. Please stay home if you or your child feels sick, and wash your hands frequently, including before and after using play equipment."
To provide a safe, sustainable and fun experience for the children and residents of Buffalo while preserving natural assets and maintaining the urban forest.
The City of Buffalo Division of Parks and Recreation is entrusted with the care and oversight of more than 180 parks and recreational facilities, including the historic Frederick Law Olmsted designed park and parkway system, seven recreation centers, twelve public pools and four public ice rinks as well as management of the street and park trees of our urban forest.
For more information on Buffalo’s historic Olmsted Park and Parkway System, our nation’s first, please also visit the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy website.
- Athletic Facility and Seasonal Sports Permits
- Bureau of Forestry
- Map of City of Buffalo Parks and Parkways (PDF)
- Park Rentals and Event Permits
- Programming for City-operated Youth Recreation Centers
- Public Pool and Ice Skating Rink Information
- All parks close at sunset and open at sunrise, except for Delaware, Front, Riverside, MLK, Jr., Cazenovia and South Parks, which close at 10 p.m., and Broderick and LaSalle Parks which are open 24 hours for fishing purposes only.
- No swimming allowed in any body of water, except for designated pools with lifeguard staff on duty.
- Dogs and cats must be securely controlled, leashed and excrement removed.
- Glass containers are prohibited.
- No firearms or fireworks allowed.
- Sales, solicitations, signs and displays are strictly prohibited without a permit.
- Vehicles must be parked in designated areas only, no driving or parking is allowed on grass or park pathways.
- Deposit trash in designated receptacles only; please help us to prevent illegal dumping and littering and keep your park clean!