For all of you out there that continue to wonder what will become of Scajaquada Creek, here’s your chance to make a difference. Do you love the Japanese Garden? Have you taken the rowboats out recently? Do you jog or bike the Jesse Kriegel Path that runs alongside the creek? Are you a fan of restoring wildlife? Do you want to learn more about the downgrading of the 198 into a boulevard? Love the Historical Society? Buffalo State College? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, you can help!
Maybe you’re already affiliated with one of the meeting organizers? Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Black Rock Riverside Good Neighbors Planning Alliance, and Grant Amherst Business Association? It’s good to know that all of these groups are fighting to restore the creek any way possible. The meeting takes place Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 6:00 p.m., in McKinley High School cafeteria, 1500 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. If you’re not familiar with the creek and its history, both good and bad, here’s an interesting read. And here.
If you really stop to think about it, the Scajaquada could one day be THE place to be in Buffalo. Imagine a boulevard instead of a freeway – it will happen. Will we ever identify the sources of the contaminants that filter into the waters – I think so. Is this the Olmsted Conservancy’s newfound connector between Delaware Park and Front Park – yes! If I were a higher up at Buffalo State College, I would be spearheading this initiative. In the meantime, we need as many people behind this effort as possible! The time is now for the Scajaquada.