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Science Museum Honors King Legacy, Peoples Provides Park with $500,000

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – What better place is there to go on Martin Luther King Jr. Day than the park named for the civil rights leader.

In 1977, the park that the museum calls home was renamed in Dr. King's memory. That's a distinction the Buffalo Museum of Museum wants to honor. The museum is usually closed on Mondays. But it's opening its doors Monday in honor of the fallen civil rights leader.

Mike Lazzaro is Marketing Coordinator for the Museum. He says the museum is proud to call the park home.

The museum will be open Monday from 10:00 until 5. The admission is also reduced. Adults and children can get in for only a dollar. Lazzaro says the reduced price is also to recognize community groups working to preserve and restore the historic park. And Lazzaro says the museum hopes to see some of its neighbors stop by.

"We're hoping that not only the greater portion of Western New York will come in, but more specifically, our own community on the East Side," Lazzaro said. "It's always great to have our own community recognize the Buffalo Museum of Science and take advantage of it."

Lazzaro says it's a perfect opportunity for families with children home Monday from school.

Admission includes the Richard Scarry's "Busytown" interactive exhibit, based on the author's popular children's books and animated series. Children can learn about math and science while exploring the Busytown grocery store, construction area and factory.

Also Monday, State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples presented $500,000 in state funding for Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The funding is earmarked for renovation work to create better lighting and pathways.