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Life is a beach at Widewaters

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Wed, Jun 14th 2017 04:05 pm
Lockport is now home to a beach ... on the Erie Canal. Ninety tons of sand, small palm trees, beach chairs and umbrellas make up this urban beach adjacent to the Marina at Widewaters on Market Street. An homage to the French Riviera and the "plages" in Paris, the "Rivi-Erie" is open to the public all summer long.
Made possible by a grant from the Grigg Lewis Foundation, the "Rivi-Erie" is the latest in a series of "Sweet Sweet Summer" events and art installations through the Lockside Art Center.
Ellen Martin, the "Rivi-Erie" organizer, said, "Summers in Western New York are the best, and now we have a place where we can have a beach experience without leaving Lockport. So put your toes in the sand, get a good beach book, and enjoy the beautiful summer."
For more information about programming and to share impressions, visit www.rivierie.com; or on Twitter #sweetlockport; or on Facebook "Lockport's Rivi-Erie."
Lockport's "Rivi-Erie" is part public art installation and part social experiment. This is a canalside urban beach, with no swimming allowed.
A "Sweet Sweet Summer" project through Lockside Art Center, the funding was provided by Grigg Lewis Foundation and permission granted from the City of Lockport and the Canal Corporation.
For more information, visit www.rivierie.com.

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