Black Rock Canal Park Steering Committee will reveal their award winning plans
this Friday for their proposed development of the park. Recognized by Buffalo Niagara RiverKeepers
and the American Planning Association as a prime example of a grassroots
initiative that encompasses city, county and state entities, the BRCP group is
pleased to announce that the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority has
retained the services of the Peter J. Smith Company to conduct a feasibility study–a
huge step forward to making the park a reality.
for the park (site just north of Harry’s Harbour) are as follows:
outer wall of the launch ramp would be reconfigured to include a pier that extends out into the river and parallel to the shore
for about 150 feet. The boardwalk would hold docks for lease to charter boats.
Vessels for hire engaged in fishing, diving or sightseeing would dock and take
advantage of the easy access to the upper Niagara River. A fish cleaning
station is to be included on the boardwalk for use by the public and the
charter fishing boat fleet. The leases for the docks would help defray the
operating costs of this facility.
the proposal replaces the existing concession stand with a four-story structure
containing year round concessions, public restrooms, shower facilities, meeting
room and a visitor’s center open to the public while also establishing an
affordable and accessible facility that is accessible by pedestrians, bicycles,
cars and boats. The second floor
and third floors will house park staff and law enforcement offices. The fourth
floor is slated for a mechanical and server room and will also house an
observation deck. Floating docks
included in this plan would serve as mooring facilities for patrol craft and
improve visibility for these agencies.
The facility will also use wind, solar and turbine energy. LED lighting
will be used to save power and a comprehensive recycling program is in the
plans along with the concessions to use composting principles for the
surrounding green space.
proposed plan also includes decking over top of the creek channel to allow for
additional vehicle parking while accommodating additional users involved in
fishing tournaments or other events. The
southern park area would have permanent shelters available for reservation and
rental for picnics or social events.
A playground would be installed along with, benches, restrooms and
improved lighting. The park would be a year round experience with fire pits,
patio heater, an ice skating rink, ice fishing and many more winter
activities. There is more to be announced in the full plan and proposal this Friday.