From the beginning, the plan was always to create a Stonehenge. After that would come Medusa. But before the major outdoor elements of RiverWorks could get underway, the interior of the venue needed to be completed – roller derby rink, restaurant, stage, bars, etc.
Actually, the first outdoor elements – the hockey rinks and the patios – coincided with the initial development. After that, the docks were installed in order to accommodate aquatic visitors. Getting to work on Stonehenge (the foundation of an old grain silo) was the next natural phase.
There’s nothing like Stonehenge anywhere. Not just in Buffalo… anywhere. A walk through the giant concrete structure is surreal, dramatic, inspiring… it’s truly amazing to say the least. It starts with the colors – the greens, the blues and the reds. Depending on where you stand, the scenery changes. Beyond the immediate enclosure of salvaged concrete walls, loom intact towering structures that act as further dramatic backdrops. It’s a sort of spiritual place, if you let your imagination wander.
Inside Stonehenge, you will find the four elements – earth, air, fire and water. The concrete grounds you. The breeze off the river refreshes. The fire is primal. The water draws you closer.
The complete picture is nothing short of enchanting. This is the greatest beer garden. It’s also a historic piazza. Stonehendge is what you make of it – it’s a place to relax, to socialize, and to party. It’s another piece of the RiverWorks puzzle. Now that this beer garden is mostly complete, another dramatic stage will surely be set into motion – Medusa. That will give us something to look forward to in 2017, beyond this brilliant new riverside escape that is just now coming into play.