Additional design elements of Phase 2 of Buffalo Harbor State Park are underway (see Phase 1). This phase deals with property closer to the water’s edge, whereas the initial phase dealt with a children’s playground and pavilions, among other features. This next step looks like it will have some pretty neat features, and will allow visitors a chance to interact with the water, which is something that is simply not possible since there is no naturalized shoreline unfortunately.
Phase 2 features a new gateway overlook, a new terminus overlook, and new fishing access. There appear to be a number of areas included in the design that allow for casual relaxing and unwinding. The plan is take an existing stone breakwater and turn it into a functional walkway out onto the water. On one side is the lake, while the other side will overlook the marina. There will be distinct overlooks, one at the start and one at the end, as well as some gradient stairway elements (seat walls) that allow visitors to interact with the water (fishing, leg dangling, skipping stones). Finally there will be shade structures and lighting incorporated into the bikeway/walkway.
These design elements of Phase 2 are expected to be completed by Fall of 2016.