Pridgen seeks change on Greenway Commission

Feb 25, 2014

Common Council President Darius Pridgen has accepted an appointment on the Niagara River Greenway Commission.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen said as a new appointee to the Niagara River Greenway Commission he will push for use of education to tell all residents of the value and opportunities of the local waterfront.

Pridgen wants highly-visible signs to tell passers-by of recreational waterfront opportunities that often go unnoticed.

One example Pridgen offers is his personal discovery of Broderick Park on the Niagara River.

"I didn't know that it existed or its significance until I was in my forties."

Broderick Park served as the last stop on the Underground Railroad for many escaped slaves before finding freedom in Canada.

According to Pridgen, many people on the East Side don't know of opportunities in their own communities.

"You go to some other cities and you see huge signs that really direct people to these natural assets. We don't have the same thing."

Pridgen said he believes there are economic development opportunities and those opportunities need to be made much more visible to all local businesses.