Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation



Parks & Recreation Director – Lee Ryan

1306 County Road 134  Buffalo, MN 55313

Sturges Park Swingset

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.

Look What We Have to Offer

Things To Do

Concerts in the Park

Our Summer Concerts-in-the-Park series is now over for the year.

Thank You Sponsors

Thank you to all of sponsors that make this a free event.  The City of Buffalo Parks Department would like to extend our Special Thanks to our Titanium Sponsors.

Titanium Sponsors:

Dog Park

Gary Mattson Park – Dog Park

Located at:  CSAH 35 on the NW shore of Buffalo Lake.

Please make sure that you are familiar with all of the Dog Park Rules .  

All dogs using the City of Buffalo Dog Park must have proof that they have had their Rabies Vaccination.

If you have questions regarding the use of the dog park, please call the City of Buffalo Parks & Recreation Director, Lee Ryan at 763.682.4132.

Skate Park
Location: Sturges Park 


The City of Buffalo Skate Park is a Tier I skate park:  It is free to skate 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


Photo Courtesy of Wright County Journal Press

Park Rules

•Skate Park is open during park hours:  7:00 a.m.-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. 


Trappers Pond - Bike Skills Park
Location: Trappers Pond Park

On Fox Trail – Behind Northwinds Elementary

Park Rules

Trappers Pond Park Trail is open during park hours:  7:00 a.m. to Dusk

Please adhere to the rules of the bike skills park to make sure that the trail can be used by all residents.

Thank you to the Buffalo Trail Builders for donating their time to make this park a reality.



Parks & Rec Staff


Regional Parks

Bentfield Mills/Buffalo Family Rec Area
BFRApkLocation: SW Quadrant of County Road 34 & 134 bentfield
To schedule use of these fields, contact Community Education at 763-682-8770. 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 Community Education at 763-682-8770.

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
sturgespkLocation: 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, dock fishing, 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 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 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.


Adopt a Park Program
Neighborhood Parks
Parks Policy
  • Park hours are 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • 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.

Sports & Activities

Community Education - Youth Sports

Community Education

 (763) 682-8770

Click here to visit the Community Education website


Summer Activities

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

Youth and Adult Sports

The majority of recreational programs are coordinated through Buffalo Community Education  763-682-8770.

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 Carey Kotilinek at 763-682-0006.

Community Gardens

The City of Buffalo has garden plots available at Gary Mattson Park for a minimal fee for those with a green thumb. There is 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.

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

Sturges Park Bandshell Area Improvements

The City of Buffalo Parks & Recreation Department and the Parks Advisory Board recently finished the grading and reseeding of the new tiered seating area in front of the bandshell at Sturges Park. The newly seeded area should be ready for events that happen in the Spring of 2022.

The Parks Advisory Board has had this new design on it’s agenda for a few years and decided on the tiered grass approach as it was more economical to construct and will be easier to maintain. The new tiered hillside will make it easier and safer to watch performances at the bandshell from your lawn chair.
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