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New “wharf shelter” @ Buffalo River Fest Park

River Fest Park and Tewksbury Lodge have a new addition. A wharf shelter, inspired by a historic train platform, is being constructed. If you look closely, you will see that there is a New York Central emblem affixed to the facade of the structure. The Tewksbury Lodge is a similar looking building in style (see here), which brandishes a circular emblem with a freighter and grain silos.

The picnic shelter will provide visitors a place to escape the sun and the rain, while enjoying food and drink. It will also be a welcome feature for wedding groups that frequent the restaurant and the park.

The new wharf shelter joins plenty of other amenities along Ohio Street, including a number of new eateries and drinking establishments, kayak and canoe launches, recreational fields, and residential developments.

During the COVID-19 downtown, Tewksbury Lodge set out to accomplish the following tasks before reopening:

  • Paint the entire interior
  • Refurbish all of the refrigeration
  • Complete the wharf shelter
  • Repair and install new lighting on the lodge
  • Groom the beds in the park
  • Stain the pergola and band shelter
  • Power washing the boardwalk
  • Redo all the landscaping

As all of the these tasks are wrapping up, the park grounds look better than ever.

With Buffalo RiverWorks across the way, and all of the new advancements along Ohio Street, the Old First Ward is a percolating destination along the waterfront, with no signs of slowing down.

Tewksbury Lodge @ River Fest Park | 249 Ohio Street | Old First Ward | Buffalo NY | (716) 823-4707 | Facebook

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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