More work is underway at Black Rock Canal Park, as Phase II of construction gets underway. The long awaited park improvements include a river-themed stone promenade along the water, rainwater retention features, new landscaping to combat the asphalt “heat island” created in summertime, upgraded parking area and other design features created to make the park a more welcoming and user-friendly place. There will also be a boat sculpture placed near the boat launch, and a large black rock will be incorporated into the park design as a tribute to the original iconic geographical feature that led to the naming of the district.
“The continuing developments at Black Rock Canal Park will enhance visitors’ experiences and add to the aesthetics of the Park, as well as make it easier for boaters to access the launch and enjoy the Niagara River,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “I want to thank the Parks Department, as well as the Department of Environment and Planning, for working with the Black Rock Canal Park Steering Committee to make this vision a reality and creating this beautiful spot on the water.”
The $850,000 second leg of the project is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. The park will be closed until that time.