Seeing that the last Buffalo Rising update on Mutual Riverfront Park was only back on March 2, the amount of progress that we are seeing since then is astounding. The overhead sign has been installed, which features one of the pontoons from the ice boom. The massive pontoon, with the shiny metal sign affixed to its front, makes for an impressive main entranceway to the park, and one that pays homage to the park’s industrial surroundings. On top of the brick entry piers sit old ship bollards, while the permeable clay bricks are meant to create interpretive plazas.
Even the riverfront promenade is beginning to take shape, and the plantings in the rain garden are only a couple of weeks away. The monolith-looking 100+ year old medina sandstone slabs (shown below) will eventually feature interpretive signage. Also, the kayak racks are being installed in the boathouse currently. By the time summer is in full swing, the park will resemble a completed project, especially if this rate continues. Along with Riverfest Park, and myriad events that take place along the Buffalo River during warmer months, things are certainly looking up for anyone looking for rest and recreation in the old First Ward.