Perkins Park Breaks Ground on Sports Complex

$179,000 facility to feature football field and ball hockey rink

Mike Baggerman
April 11, 2018 - 3:25 pm

Ground breaking ceremony at Perkins Park on April 11, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Once a dilapidated area on Buffalo's East Side, Perkins Park was the site of a ground breaking ceremony for a new sports complex.

The complex will include a youth football field, ball hockey rink, and programs foor other sports like lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, tennis, and more. It comes with a price tag of approximately $179,000 and was funded through the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, NHL/NHLPA Industry Growth Fund, NFL/LISC Grassroots Program, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and the John R. Oishei Foundation.

"This is really personal," Terry King, CEO of Saving Grace Ministries, said. "Because this was a facility that was once neglected and will now serve for generations to come."

According to the Sabres Foundation President Rich Jureller, the foundation had an idea to help the homeless population in Buffalo.

"We wanted to renovate a building to provide long-term housing for some of our homeless," Jureller said. "Particularly homeless veterans. (King) brought us here...and we immediately fell in love with the place."

Jureller then said Mayor Brown recommendation redeveloping the community center within the building, which was done. Once funding came from the NHL and NFL, they decided to renovate the park.

"What started out a few years ago as a simple now developed today into ground breaking of a youth hockey rink and a youth football field," Jureller said. "It's truly a special thing to see this evolve into what it has and to know that hundreds, if not thousands, of kids that it will ultimately serve and their families."

A rendering of the sports complex at 347 East Ferry Street

Construction should finish in late-July or early-August.



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