Martin Luther King Jr. Park

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Martin Luther King Jr. Park
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Buffalo Museum of Science, December 2009
Martin Luther King Jr. Park is located in New York
Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Martin Luther King Jr. Park is located in the US
Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Location Roughly bounded by Northampton St., E. Parade Ave., Best St. and Kensington Expressway, Buffalo, New York
Coordinates 42°54′19″N 78°50′26″W / 42.90528°N 78.84056°W / 42.90528; -78.84056Coordinates: 42°54′19″N 78°50′26″W / 42.90528°N 78.84056°W / 42.90528; -78.84056
Area 56 acres (23 ha)
Built 1874
Architect Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot; Olmsted,Frederick L.
MPS Olmsted Parks and Parkways TR
NRHP Reference # 82005027[1]
Added to NRHP March 30, 1982

Martin Luther King Jr. Park, originally The Parade and after 1896, Humboldt Park, is a historic park located in Buffalo in Erie County, New York. The park is located in east Buffalo and bisected by Fillmore Avenue.

The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1] The park is on a 56-acre (23 ha), slightly "L"-shaped site and was originally conceived as a place for military displays and active children's sports. It contains four contributing structures: The brick Shelter House (1904), Buffalo Museum of Science building (1926), Greenhouse (1907), and Humboldt Park Casino (ca. 1926).[2]


The park was designed in 1874 by Frederick Law Olmsted and originally connected to Delaware Park via the Humboldt Parkway. That connection was lost in the early 1960s with the construction of the Kensington Expressway. The park originally contained a large wooden refectory, designed by Calvert Vaux; it was destroyed by fire in 1877.

In July 2009, a neatly manicured, tree-and flower-filled pedestrian pathway was unveiled by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.[3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Claire L. Ross (December 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Olmsted Parks and Parkways Thematic Resources". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-06-14.  See also: "Notifications".  and "Meeting minutes". 
  3. ^ Carswell, Ja'Nay (August 21, 2010). "Manicured new pathway opens in Martin Luther King Jr. Park". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on June 11, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 

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