Shoshone Park in North Buffalo is in line to get a new indoor sports facility. Thanks to funding of $1.5 million from the City, and $1 million from Senator Chris Jacobs, the park’s outdoor swimming pool will be removed, and a year round indoor sports facility will be constructed.
According to Councilman Joel Feroleto, there is a real need for this sort of amenity in Buffalo. Instead of a swimming pool that only get used when it’s warm out, this facility will be used all the time. Aside from a large turf field, the facility will also have a large storage room. “This is important,” said Feroleto. “This will make it easy to change the field up, from a soccer facility, to a lacrosse field, to a place for batting cages. We have gotten so much incredible support for this project. Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt and I held a community engagement meeting and there was overwhelming support for removing the pool and building the new facility.”
Adding to the excitement of the project, Feroleto says that The City is asking the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to swap sides of a giant parking lot that bounds the park. The NFTA currently owns the half of the parking lot that is directly adjacent to the park, where the City owns the other half, closer to the NFTA’s LaSalle Metro Rail Station. The swap is a complete no brainer that should prove to accommodate both parties.
The first phase of this plan will come about this summer, with engineering and infilling the pool. The project will take about two years to complete. There is still some gap funding to address. The final design will also get underway soon. Construction will hopefully be underway in 2020.