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Buffalo’s First State Park?

After years of witnessing Broderick Park (located at the end of West Ferry) sink into disrepair, Assemblyman Hoyt, Legislator Whyte, Councilman Rivera and Riverkeeper Julie O’Neill held a press conference today to discuss the future of our waterfront parks (along Niagara River). The answer? A plea was issued today requesting that the city-operated parks along the Niagara River be transferred to The State of New York. This is not the first time that there has been a push for waterfront park property to be transferred to NYS. Land along the Outer Harbor has been deemed suitable for the same sort of transition, though there has been no success in seeing the transfer come to fruition as of yet.
The call for a ‘Niagara River State Park’ comes at a time when issues of maintenance, security and general funding have been repeatedly raised. These waterfront parks have been squandered for years, and proponents for the transfer are hoping that the new Spitzer administration will understand that a change in stewardship is in order. Hoyt stated that under-funded parks such as Broderick would benefit significantly from the change-up, especially where the re-licensing of the Niagara Power Project is concerned. Considered a regional asset, the land encompassing the area between Broderick Park and the proposed Black Rock Canal Park (three city parks) would become one single state park if the Spitzer administration adopts the plan. Depending on the timeframe, the Niagara River State Park would be in the running for the first state park in Buffalo.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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