Given the number of events and activities that take place at Martin Luther King Jr. Park year-round, it seems safe to call it one of Rochester’s top gathering spaces. Dedicated in September 1975 at 353 Court St., the five-acre park nudges up against The Strong/National Museum of Play in the East End District.
The park’s landmark feature is its Space Frame Tower, which looms over a sunk-in amphitheater surrounded by waterfalls. A portion of the concrete bowl is now decorated with a colorful mural by artist Shawn Dunwoody, muralists Sarah C. Rutherford, Justin Suarez and Brittany Williams, as well as youth from the City’s Roc Paint Division.
There’s a water spray park that turns on for children to frolic in when the summer heat turns oppressive. MLK Park also boasts a kidney-shaped reflecting pool with three fountains that converts into an ice rink in the winter months.
Among the many summer festivals the park hosts are Party in the Park, Roc Women’s Festival and Rochester Black Pride; and the Roc Holiday Village makes its home here in December.