BUFFALO, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the splash pad at Cazenovia Park is now open for the summer season.
“After careful planning to incorporate social distancing at the Cazenovia Park splash pad, we are happy to be able to offer another water feature for our residents. With this week’s unusually hot and humid weather
conditions, this will be a welcome addition for families in South Buffalo,” Mayor Brown said, “We will continue to evaluate the seven splash pads that remain closed to determine if there are ways to open additional sites, while adhering to social distancing guidelines.”
As with the splash pads that previously opened, parks staff will be carefully monitoring the sites to prevent over-crowding and other social distancing issues.
The City is also on track to open its more than 60 playgrounds and fitness stations on Friday, July 10.
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 will be posted at all playgrounds and fitness stations with health safety reminders.
“We want our City’s youngsters to be able to enjoy our playgrounds, but our first priority has to be the health and safety realities we continue to face in light of the COVID-19 virus,” Mayor Brown said. “For public safety, please wear a face covering and maintain at least six feet of distance between each child not in the same household.”
Mayor Brown also reiterated the City’s seven outdoor pools will remain closed this summer due to difficulties of ensuring social distancing in the water, locker rooms and on pool decks.
“This is not an easy decision to make because our pools are such a popular summer attraction, but again the health and safety of our residents has to come first,” Mayor Brown said.
In keeping with updated New York State COVID-19 sports and recreation guidelines, the City is accepting applications for certain youth sports, such as baseball, softball and soccer, which were allowed to open their seasons today.
“We plan to phase in use of park sports facilities, so available diamonds and fields will initially be restricted to 50 percent capacity at each park. At this time, we are focused on ensuring youth leagues have the fullest
opportunity to play and will evaluate field availability for adult sports leagues after the summer youth program schedules are complete,” said Andy Rabb, Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Recreation.
Rabb also reminded residents that 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 the City website at: www.buffalony.gov/364/Park-Rental-Events-Permit.
All basketball courts and outdoor hockey courts will remain closed until further notice. City tennis courts are open at 50 percent capacity on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Delaware Park, South Park and Cazenovia Park golf courses are open. Tee times can be reserved through the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy at: www.bfloparks.org/golf.
All City parks remain open for passive use from sunrise to sunset, with visitors asked to follow social distancing practices. All park activities are prohibited after dark.