The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee announced eight new awards totaling approximately $2 million for beautification and improvement projects along the Buffalo and Erie County portion of the Niagara River Greenway.
The following projects received funding:
The committee receives funds from New York Power Authority as part of the settlement agreement related to the 50-year federal license received by NYPA for the Niagara Power Project in 2007. During the term of the license, the Buffalo and Erie County Standing Committee will receive $2 million a year. The committee is composed of one representative from Erie County, the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and NYPA.
“This Greenway funding will improve the regional system of trails and parks and encourage a better appreciation of our natural, cultural and historical resources,” said Chairman Alan J. Bozer, a trustee of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP. “Enhancing Buffalo’s Canalside is also a key element of the supported projects and residents and visitors throughout Western New York will benefit from these upgrades and additions.”
Applicants had to meet a Jan. 22 deadline and present their project to the committee on Feb. 28.
The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee has awarded approximately $22 million since its first awards in 2008. More information on the committee can be found at: http://bit.ly/1XA6mTo.