Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo plans to open Erie Basin Marina to boaters this week, as well as the opening of two of three golf courses in Buffalo. Both will start off the season with a new set of rules aimed at limiting close encounters during the coronavirus pandemic. The City of Buffalo Department of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, in coordination with the City’s vendor, Smith Boys, and New York State guidelines, is on schedule to open Erie Basin Marina to boaters on Friday, May 1st. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, in coordination with the City of Buffalo, Erie County and New York State guidelines, is planning to open the Delaware and Cazenovia golf courses on Saturday, May 2nd (weather and course conditions permitting). South Park’s nine-hole course will not open, as it is currently too wet and will require condition improvements before opening to the public.
“This is the new normal,” stated Mayor Brown. “Buffalo offers an abundance of great outdoor activity for everyone, from well-maintained golf courses to scenic waterways that highlight our City’s natural beauty. Our new normal continues to provide our people with a safe and enjoyable environment. Our goal is to ‘build back better’ after COVID-19 and that means assisting both boaters and golfers in developing safe habits on the water and on the golf course.”
A temporary Density Reduction Plan (DRP) will be in place at the Erie Basin Marina, beginning May 1, 2020 and will continue until the Governor’s Office removes the restrictions. Fortunately, the design of the Erie Basin Marina is very supportive to effectively implement this plan. Below is a list of some of the new guidelines, in a continued effort to provide a safe and secure environment that boaters and City residents can enjoy during these challenging times.
According to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the open golf courses will operate 7 days a week, typically from 8
a.m. until 8 p.m., with course maintenance closures noted on the Conservancy’s website. Contact-free golf transactions have new requirements and golfers are advised of the following:
A seasonal golf pass allows City of Buffalo residents and non-residents golf access at all three Olmsted-run courses during the season: Cazenovia Park and South Park, (both 9-hole courses), and Delaware Park (18-hole course). Pricing is available on the Conservancy’s website.
The Conservancy has invested in two talented greenskeepers who have added to the professionalism and improvement of maintenance and quality of the City’s courses. As part of golf’s new normal, maintenance and security (aka Rangers) are considered essential workers. All staff have been trained to implement the latest social distancing policies and procedures as recommended by the CDC, New York State Golf Association and the United States Golf Association.
Rangers will serve as both reservation check-in and on-course monitors.
“A great deal of thought and coordination with Mayor Brown, his staff, and our team has gone into this reactivation plan, “said Stephanie Crockatt, Conservancy Executive Director. “We feel this recreational option will be successful and set a positive example in Buffalo, if we receive the care and cooperation we expect from the golfing public. We must play safe and smart.”
For more information on Golf at Buffalo Olmsted Parks visit https://www.bfloparks.org/golf/ For online assistance or questions Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., please contact Dave Hoover, Golf Manager at 716-465-5463 or Patty Wolfsohn at 716-310-0865.
About the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the first nonprofit organization in the nation, through a unique public-private partnership, to manage and operate an entire urban park system consisting of more than 850 acres of beautifully designed historic parks, parkways and circles. The Conservancy is an independent not-for-profit, community organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, restore, enhance, and maintain the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks and parkways in the Greater Buffalo area for current and future generations. Since 2004 the Conservancy has held responsibility for the management and care of these nationally registered historic green spaces, and in 2019 the Conservancy and City signed a new 12-year partnership agreement with an approved update to its
five-year plan for the Olmsted parks in continuing to assist the City in bringing recognition to its collective renaissance. Designed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted more than 150 years ago, these 25 iconic connective spaces represent the nation’s first urban park system. More than 2.5 million visits occur in Buffalo’s Olmsted Park system annually for recreation, relaxation and rejuvenation. Most recently, the American Planning Association recognized Delaware Park as one of the 2014 Great Places in America, The Guardian publication named Buffalo’s Olmsted park system as one of the best park systems in the world, and in 2018 the Conservancy set a Guinness World Record in historic Bidwell Parkway. www.bfloparks.org
The Buffalo Olmsted Park System includes:
Six parks: Cazenovia, Delaware, Front, Martin Luther King, Jr., Riverside, and South parks Seven parkways: Bidwell, Chapin, Lincoln, McKinley, Porter, Red Jacket, and Richmond
Eight landscaped traffic circles: Agassiz, Colonial, Ferry, Gates, McClellan, McKinley, Soldiers, and Symphony