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New Observation Boardwalk Being Installed at Erie Basin Marina

Work is underway to construct a new observation boardwalk at the furthest point of the Erie Basin Marina. It can’t believe that it was way back in 2007 when I got together with The City to discuss the possibility to have a small beach cleared (see back story). It was at that same time that The City first announced that a boardwalk would be built to play off of Emerald Beach. For a while I wasn’t sure if that observation boardwalk would ever see the light of day. I was just yesterday that, while visiting the marina, I noticed construction work being done at the rocky point. 
What we are seeing here is the formation of a new standing, seating and general viewing area – I found one of the original outdated construction drawings that shows where the location is in proximity to the beach. Apparently the configuration of the design has changed, so I don’t have an updated rendering to show. The boardwalk has been fabricated off-site and is being installed this week. “The Erie Basin Marina is one of Buffalo’s favorite summer-time destinations and continues to grow in popularity,” said Mayor Brown.  “With a number of new city-funded improvements, including a $400,000 boardwalk, new security gates for boaters, and new handicap accessible restrooms, we expect the Erie Basin Marina’s popularity as a destination to soar even higher.”  
Once the observation boardwalk is complete, it would be nice to see a couple more amenities squared away. How ’bout a concession stand selling food at the Outlook Tower? Also, while having limited beach access is nice, it would also be a good move to allow kayakers to launch from the site (they are not allowed to at this point). Or at least put a kayak launch at nearby LaSalle Park (see why). As the popularity of the beach and the boardwalk grow, it would good to see the Army Corps of Engineers take a look at extending the beach, which I believe is possible. Consider adding some natural seating areas among the rocks too. Maybe some day, after the boardwalk is complete, The City might also consider extending a boardwalk all the way down to The Hatch. Now that would be something to see!

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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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