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Improvements planned for Hoyt Lake

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People who use the paths around Hoyt Lake should begin noticing some much needed improvements soon.

However, improvements at another signature park remain unfinished.

The City of Buffalo and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy are both kicking-off separate projects in and around Hoyt Lake.

Deputy Parks Commissioner Andy Rabb says two new fresh water wells are being installed to reduce algae and odor problems. The access road is being fixed to make it easier to clean out debris. New landscaping is going in.

"We're actually utilizing this project to initiate an agreement  with the Army Corps [of Engineers] to do a survey and some site analysis so that we can develop a more comprehensive plan on how to begin to do the remaining steps that are required," Rabb said.

Also this week, a $145,000 state grant is being used to repave the pedestrian path around Hoyt Lake. 

"It is just another example of the many examples in which the city and the Conservancy work together to really improve these wonderful historic landscapes, that we're all determined to pass on in better condition to the next generation," said  Olmsted Park Conservancy President and CEO Thomas Herrara-Mishler. 

Meanwhile, not far away, the $4.5 million splash pad in Martin Luther King Park is months behind schedule.

Mayor Byron Brown says City Hall is working with the contractor,  Man-O-Trees,  to make sure it's completed correctly. Brown says it's going be a state of the art water feature.
   
Brown admits he doesn't know what problems the contractor is having with the project.