Problems at MLK Splash pad, but end in sight

The work being done at the MLK splash pad this week is the final fix and should get it up and running soon.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The work being done at the MLK splash pad this week is the final fix and should get it up and running soon. Since construction started on September 8, 2011 it’s been nothing but problem.

It was supposed to be a magnet to stimulate economic development on Buffalo’s east side.

Samuel Herbert, the Chairman of the Coalition to Save MLK Park, has been working to get this splash pad up and running for years. Today he looked at the latest fix to an ongoing list of problems that keep popping up.

“The public has been bamboozled, we’ve been lied, to it’s a $4.5 million project,” says Herbert.

Steve Stepniak from the Commissioner of the Buffalo department of Public Works says a four inch line let loose and caused a problem.

“Anytime you have something buried under concrete like that you want to make sure you have a plan for any additional lines that extend off that main line,” says Stepniak. “We were fortunate it was isolated and we were able to take care of that.”

This latest fix is costing about a quarter million dollars.

“The money will come out of the retention funds,” says Stepniak. “So we know there’s no cost to the tax payers that out goal here.”

Sam has seen the smiles on his neighbor’s faces when the MLK splash pad was working, he just wants that back as soon as possible.

“I would hope that the Commissioner of Public Works and the Mayor would invite the media and me to come out and witness once again for the third time, the whole unit working,” says Herbert.

The commissioner told News 4 the work is set to be done next week. That will leave plenty of time for skating later this winter. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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