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Shelved Master Plans for LaSalle Park

After posting on the LaSalle Park bandshell (concert pavilion) earlier this week, I was reminded of the park Master Plans that were drawn up during the Masiello administration.

You can see here that an original Master Plan was drafted, and then a revised version was later drawn up. The map images that I once published were from photos that I had taken outside of The Mayor’s office, of the framed map renderings that still hang on the hallway wall. Since that time I have been able to locate better and clearer versions of the two maps, shown here. In fact, until recently I never saw the original Master Plan.

Original Master Plan
Original Master Plan
Revised Master Plan
Revised Master Plan

After years of taking photos of LaSalle Park, and spending loads of time thinking about the possibilities, I’m glad that these Master Plans are still available to see what sort of potential the site holds. To think that at one point the administration was actually looking at naturalizing the water’s edge is fascinating. Many of the ideas that were formulated, intended to turn LaSalle Park into a vibrant waterfront destination, could essentially be “dusted off” and reexamined by Buffalo’s current administration or a future administration. A lot of work went into these park designs, and I am told that many parties were brought to the table to be as inclusive as possible. Click on images to enlarge.

*The phase one roads were actually constructed in the park, but phase two unfortunately never happened.  


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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