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Houghton Pool Shelter House Reconstruction Complete

Jul 1, 2009
Press Release

Today marked the re-opening of the Houghton Park Shelter House.  The Shelter House, which serves as locker rooms and bathrooms for the Houghton Pool, has been closed since 2007 because of a fire, which caused extensive damage to the interior of the building.

“It’s important for our residents to have the opportunity to use facilities like the Houghton Pool Shelter House and enjoy the full benefit of these city parks amenities during the summer,” said Mayor Brown. “We have made it priority to invest in facilities like the Houghton Pool Shelter House, improve our parks infrastructure and enhance the quality of life benefits our residents get from coming to city pools like the Houghton Pool in Stachowski Park.”

The city’s Department of Public Works Division of Buildings has spent approximately $300,000 on this project.  Work included:
• removal of asbestos and any fire-damaged material
• painting of exterior trim
• installation of glass block windows to replace old casement windows
• installation of new exterior doors
• installation of new garage doors for park storage garage
• installation of new plumbing in men’s and women’s locker and shower rooms and bathrooms
• installation of all new electrical service, plugs and switches
• installation of all new exterior lighting
• painting of all interior doors, walls, ceilings and floors

“Mayor Brown’s continued investments in Buffalo’s parks and recreational facilities demonstrates his commitment not only to community development but essential quality of life issues,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “This timely reopening gives families another fun, public destination this summer.”

“I applaud Mayor Brown for making this important investment in this facility that will enable neighborhood residents to enjoy Houghton Pool and use updated, vastly improved locker rooms and showers,” said State Senator Bill Stachowski. “This another example of the city and Mayor Brown delivering on quality of life issues for city residents.”

"These repairs and renovations were desperately needed," said Assemblyman Mark Schroeder.  "Thanks to the Mayor's commitment to this project, the residents of Kaisertown can now fully enjoy all that Houghton Park has to offer."

"This investment will go a long way to enhancing a neighborhood resource unfortunately scarred by fire," stated Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy, "I applaud these continued efforts to improve the quality of our parks system throughout the City of Buffalo."

“We appreciate the hard work of Commissioner Stepniak and his crew to get the building ready for the pool season this summer,” said Lovejoy Councilmember Richard Fontana

City of Buffalo Pools/Splash Pads

Indoor pools:  Hours of operation: 9am-8pm weekdays.  11am-6:30pm weekends
1.) Cazenovia
2.) Lovejoy

Outdoor pools: Hours of operation: 11am-6:15pm 6 days per week. *each pool will be closed one day per week
1.) Allison
2.) Masten
3.) Kensington
4.) Shoshone
5.) Stachowski
6.) JFK
7.) Riverside
8.) Centennial

Splash pads:
1.) Cazenovia
2.) MLK
3.) Schiller
4.) Stachowski
5.) Centennial
6.) Trinidad
7.) Allison
8.) Kensington
9.) Lincoln
10.) Lanigan
11.) Masten