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Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Standing Committee announces Greenway awards

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Fri, Mar 22nd 2019 05:15 pm

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:

  • Buffalo & Erie Co. Naval & Military Park: Phase one lighting improvements (LED upgrades), $261,229
  • Buffalo Heritage Carousel Inc.: Buffalo Heritage Carousel, $200,000 (part of a multiyear funding commitment)
  • Buffalo Lighthouse Association Inc.: Tall Ships and Lighthouse Point: establishing a recurring festival, $113,400
  • Buffalo Naval Park Committee: African American Veterans Monument, $200,000
  • Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy: Scajaquada Trail phase five, Delaware Park Rumsey Woods phase three, construction, $665,000 (part of a multiyear funding commitment)
  • City of Buffalo: Empire State Trail Buffalo section gap-funding project, $425,000 (part of a multiyear funding commitment)
  • County of Erie: Shoreline trail enhancement project, phase one construction, $514,785 (part of a multiyear funding commitment)
  • WNY Land Conservancy: Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary Trail System, Grand Island, $49,050

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.

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