Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation

The City of Buffalo’s Park and Recreation Department oversees (5) Regional Parks and (19) Neighborhood Parks. Within these parks you will find many amenities: baseball, softball, football and soccer fields; basketball and volleyball courts; skate park; ice skating rinks; disc golf course; playground equipment and picnic shelters.

The mission of the Buffalo Park & Recreation Department is to do our part in further developing, preserving, and maintaining our current parks, trails, and recreation programs.

As Park & Recreation Director for the City of Buffalo, I want the residents of Buffalo to be able to utilize all the current assets that the City of Buffalo has to offer. – Parks and Rec Director Lee Ryan 763-682-4132

 

Click HERE for the 2017 Concerts in the Park Series at Sturges Park.

 

“The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one’s eyes.” ~ George Sand

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Parks

Adopt a Park Program
Parkshore Pavilion at Sturges Park and Griffing Park at Pulaski Lake

Click here for more information about the Parkshore Pavilion at Sturges Park and Griffing Park at Pulaski Lake.

Neighborhood Parks
Parks Policy
  • Park hours are 6am – 10pm
  • Please use trash receptacles.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed in parks or on trails.
  • Pets must be on leashes. (Please pick up after them)
  • Permits are required for vending.
  • No overnight parking in the parks.
  • Please report any maintenance needs or vandalism to the Parks Department.
  • Have fun!

Regional Parks

Bentfield Mills/Buffalo Family Rec Area
BFRApkLocation: SW Quadrant of County Road 34 & 134 bentfield

To schedule use of these fields, contact Todd Lunning at 763-682-8176.

There are baseball fields, softball fields, football fields, soccer fields, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, skating rinks (1 indoor, 1 outdoor), and a large play structure.

Bentfield Mills as a picnic shelter and concession stands that are open during some sporting events.

Griffing Park
griffingpkLocation: SW side of Lake Pulaski , along Pulaski Road  Griffingpk1


The site gently slopes toward the lake and has many large trees, 400 feet of lake frontage, and a boat access. 

There are two play structures, swimming beach, pavilion (available for reservation for events and gatherings), beach house, boat launch area, benches, picnic tables, grills, a volleyball court, and bike racks. 

The area is also supported with a restroom building and water fountain.

Lions Park
LionsPkLocation: 2nd Street NE, adjacent to railroad  megaplay

For contact information for Buffalo Area Little League, call Todd Lunning at 763-682-8429.

Lions Park is highlighted by a giant play structure, swings and many baseball and softball fields including the main ball field which is lighted. Lions Park also has a pavilion and an outdoor hockey rink that is available during the winter.

 

Sturges Park
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Location: Highway 25 & 2nd Avenue S on Buffalo Lake
(11.49 acres)

Sturges Spring runs year round, the land is rolling and contains matures trees and a flower garden, 1297 feet of lake frontage for occasional swimming, fishing from a dock, and boat landing.

There is a basketball court, hard surface playing area, play structure, slide, swing set, spring toys, and handicapped structure.

Two park shelters are available to be reserved for events and gatherings. Also in the area are benches, picnic tables, cooking grills, warming house, fishing pier, restrooms, a water fountain, and HealthBeat® Outdoor Fitness System.

There is a band shell that is used for concerts in the park during summer, as well as other events.

Enjoy a stroll down Buffalo’s lake walk  and experience the musical instrument trail. (Musical Instrument Trail Map)

While you’re visiting Sturges Park, be sure to stop by our beautiful Rain Garden and read about how it works and its benefits on the posted sign.

West Pulaski Park
wpulaskipkLocation: West side of Lake Pulaski along Highway 25  wpulaskipk

Try out the disk golf course in West Pulaski Park.  Special disks for this course can be purchased from area sporting goods stores.

Park hours are from 7am to 10pm

The majority of the site is level with mown grass, however a steep area exists near the shoreline which slopes toward the lake and has been left natural. The site has 700 feet of lake frontage.

The park has volleyball courts, a play structure, spring toys, a basketball court, and a disk golf course.  The area has picnic tables , pavilions (which can be reserved for events and gatherings), cooking grills, and 1200 feet of agri-lime walkways.

Sports & Activities

Youth Sports & Activities

Community Education Recreation Director
Todd Lunning • (763) 682-8176
Click here to visit the Community Education website

Youth Sports Hotline
: 763-682-8483

Fall Activities

  • Basketball (High School)
  • Figure Skating (age 4-Adult)
  • Flag Football (3rd & 4th Grade Boys)
  • Flag Football (4th-6th Grade Girls)
  • Karate
  • Soccer (Buffalo Soccer Club)
  • Tackle Football (5th & 6th Grade Boys)
  • Volleyball (High School)

Winter Activities

  • Skiing (4th-12th Grade)
  • Bison Buddies Basketball (K-2nd Grade)
  • Buffalo Youth Hockey (Call 763-682-4132)
  • Junior Bison Basketball (3rd-6th Grade)

Spring Activities

  • Basketball Camp (4th-9th Grade Boys)
  • Buffalo Soccer Club
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer Camp (K-4th Grade)
  • SPARK
  • Tennis Camp (3rd-6th Grade)
  • Volleyball Camp (3rd-6th Grade)

Summer Activities

  • Basketball Camp (3rd-8th Grade)
  • Bison Buddies Basketball (K-2nd Grade)
  • Buffalo Area Little League (B.A.L.L.)
  • Football Camp (3rd-8th Grade)
  • Golf Camp (5th-11th Grade)
  • Gymnastics Camp (5th-12th Grade Girls)
  • Lacrosse
  • Pole Vault Camp (7th-11th Grade)
  • Soccer Camp (6th-8th Grade Boys)
  • Tennis Camp
  • Volleyball Camp (5th-12th Grade)
  • Wrestling Camp (K-8th Grade)

Buffalo Youth Sports Associations 

Buffalo Baseball Association: http://www.bayaa.org 

Buffalo Softball Association: http://www.bayaa.org 

Buffalo Youth Hockey Association: www.buffalohockey.net 

Buffalo Youth Boys Basketball Association: www.bisonhoops.com

Buffalo Youth Girls Basketball Association: www.buffalogirlshoops.org

Buffalo Youth Soccer Association: www.buffalosoccer.org

Wright County Youth Soccer Association: www.wrightcountysoccer.org

Skate Park
Location: Sturges Park
Phone: 763-682-4590

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The City of Buffalo City Council and Parks Advisory Committee recently made some changes to the skate park.  In order for the park to be successful and serve as many skaters as possible, the Buffalo Skate Park will now be a Tier I skate park:  It will now be free and open to the public during park hours.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the parks department at 763-682-4132 or lee.ryan@ci.buffalo.mn.us.

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Photo Courtesy of Wright County Journal Press

Park Rules

•Skate Park is open during park hours:  6am-Dusk 

•Only Skate Boards and In-Line Skates are permitted in the skate park area.  (No bike, scooters, etc.) 

•All protective equipment (helmets, wrist guards, elbow & knee pads) are highly recommended. 

•Adult supervision is recommended for children under 10 years old. 

•Shirts and shoes are required in skating area. 

•Please take turns. 

•Please put litter in the waste receptacles. 

•No alcohol or tobacco use in, or around, skate park area. 

•All other City of Buffalo park rules apply. 

•SKATE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Winter Activities

Ice Skating
  
The City of Buffalo maintains hockey rinks at Greenbriar Park, Lion’s Park, and Sundance Ridge Park.  (Greenbriar and Lion’s have lights and a warming house, while Sundance Ridge only has boards). 

Pleasure rinks are located at Sturges Park (on Buffalo Lake), Shonhaugen, Pine Meadows, and Buffalo Hills. 

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Sturges Park/Buffalo Lake Rink Open Hours: 

Monday-Friday 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Non-School Days (Holidays, etc.) 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

** Rink may not be open due to weather conditions. **

 

 

 

 

You can also check out the Civic Center page on the City of Buffalo’s website for public skating opportunities or call 763-682-4132.

 

Sledding

Try zooming down the hills at Buffalo Heights Golf Course, Prairie View Park, or Sturges Park. 

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Cross-Country Skiing

Get your exercise at Wild Marsh Golf Course or any of our fine City Parks! 

Disc Golf

You can still get out in the snow and play disc golf at West Pulaski Park.  Click here for more information.

Ice Fishing

After checking out ice depths and fishing reports, check out Lake Pulaski or Buffalo Lake. 

Walking/Running

Use one of many fine trails in Buffalo to get your winter exercise!

 

For more information about any of the above activities, click HERE!

Summer Activities


  
Free concerts at Sturges Park. Thursday nights from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Early June through late August.  

Youth and Adult Sports

The majority of recreational programs are coordinated through Buffalo Community Education. Please call Todd Lunning, Recreation Coordinator at 763-682-8429.

Volunteer Gardens

The flowerbeds along the Buffalo Lakewalk are planted and maintained by local groups, businesses, or individuals. To get involved with this beautiful project, please contact the Parks Department at 763-682-4132.

Community Gardens

The City of Buffalo has garden plots available for a minimal feefor those with a green thumb. Located at Gary Mattson Park and West Pulaski Park, with water available. For more information, visit the City of Buffalo website, or contact the Parks Department at 763-682-4132.

Swimming Beach 

Located at Griffing Park on Lake Pulaski. Parking, walking path, bathhouse, shelters, and play structures are just a few amenities in this popular park. Please look for beach hours and policies.

Shelter Reservations

Park shelters can be reserved for a variety of functions by contacting the City Center at 763-682-1181.

Buffalo Days

2016 Buffalo Days Schedule of Events – Visit Buffalo Area Chambers of Commerce

Please contact the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce for details at 763-682-4902.

S.P.A.R.K. (Summer Playground Activities Reaching Kids)

Arts, crafts, and games provided free in some Buffalo parks throughout the summer. Supervision is provided. Field trips on Fridays. For more information, contact Buffalo Community Education at 763-682-8770 or www.buffalo.k12.mn.us. 

Skate Park
Located in beautiful Sturges Park, the Buffalo Skate Park offers ramps, and obstacles for the skateboarding and in-line skater enthusiasts. Call the Skate Park at 763-684-0286.

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