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Posted on: October 28, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Over $6 Million in Investments for Parks and Recreational Facilities


Buffalo, NY-Mayor Byron W. Brown announced today over $6 million in capital investments in parks, recreational facilities and cultural institutions that he will submit to the Buffalo Common Council on Friday, November 1st when he presents his 2020 Recommended Capital Budget.

Mayor Brown said, “Capital investments in our parks, recreation centers and cultural institutions are an investment in the anchor institutions that support our growing tourism industry and provide jobs, anchor our neighborhoods and provide amenities to every resident that improve our quality of life.”

The $6,018,500 in capital investments Mayor Brown is recommending represent almost 25% of the total 2020 Recommended Capital Budget and signify the Administration’s ongoing commitment to strengthening Buffalo’s standing as a center of excellence for art, theater, music, parks and other green spaces, and recreational activities. The 2020 Recommended Capital Budget includes funding for the following purposes:

Riverside Rink


Martin Luther King Jr. Park Casino


Sahlens Field


Machnica Community Center


Maritime Foundation Art Restoration


Arts Commission Restoration


Museum of Science


Buffalo Naval and Military Park


Museum of History


Buffalo Zoo


Crane Library Branch


Shea’s Theater


LaSalle Park Skate Plaza


Cazenovia Park


Division of Parks Vehicles


Tree Removal and Replacement


Citywide Parks Improvements





Not included in this year’s spending plan but outlined for future investments in 2021 are projects at Broderick Park, the Merriweather and Gonzales Soto Library branches and the King Urban Life Center. Those future projects are contained in the 2020 Recommended Capital Budget for bonds that will be authorized this year but will not be sold until 2021.

The full 2020 Recommended Capital Budget will be presented by Mayor Brown to the Buffalo Common Council on Friday, November 1st and will then be reviewed by the Council for its final approval. The Capital Budget process determines how the City invests funds generated through municipal bonds sales in the following calendar year. Mayor Brown’s Recommended Capital Budget must be submitted to the Common Council on November 1st of each year according to section 20-24 of the Buffalo City Charter.

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