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In nod to muggy weather, area splash pads are opening early

With summerlike heat and humidity forecast for Memorial Day Weekend, the City of Buffalo and Niagara County both announced that their splash pads would open earlier than scheduled.

“I am pleased that nine splash pads will open for the holiday weekend – one month earlier than the scheduled July 1 opening date,”Mayor Byron W. Brown announced Friday. “It is important for residents, particularly our youth, to have places to cool off during this hot spell.”

The following nine splash pads will be open this weekend through Monday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., then weekends only through June, depending on the weather, and beginning June 27, they will be open seven days a week through Labor Day:

• MLK Humboldt Basin – Best & Fillmore

• Centennial – Foot of Porter in LaSalle Park

• Houghton Park – Foot of Spann Street, off Clinton

• Cazenovia Park – Near the Cazenovia Casino

• Lanigan Park – South Park Avenue, near Louisiana

• Schiller Park – Sprenger Avenue

• Kensington Pool grounds – Kensington, at Grider

• Allison Pool grounds – Reese Street

• Roosevelt Park – Foot of Roosevelt Avenue

Work continues on two other splash pads in Masten Park and Lincoln Park, which are expected to open by next weekend, city officials said.

At the city’s splash pads, young children must be accompanied by an adult, no bare feet are allowed and park staff are not responsible for damaged, lost or stolen items.

In Niagara County, splash parks in two county parks will be open at 11 a.m. Saturday, instead of Monday as planned, in deference to the hot weather forecast for the weekend.

The splash parks are located in Krull Park on Lake Road in Olcott and in Oppenheim Park on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield.

“We all agreed that a schedule written in the winter shouldn’t trump common sense,” said County Legislature John Syracuse, R-Newfane, chairman of the Infrastructure and Facilities Committee.