The Riverline seeks input through the public's creative eyes

Dec 21, 2020

While still in the planning stages, a  nature trail is expected to emerge along a former rail corridor that connects to Canalside. While the Western New York Land Conservancy hopes to have a final design for The Riverline later this year, they first are seeking public input through photos.

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"What we're hoping for is for people to provide us with ideas and photos from other places in Western New York, other parks beyond Western New York, things that they've seen elsewhere that really excited them," said Kyle Semmel, Communications Manager for the Western New York Land Conservancy.

The public is invited to send their photos via email to aringer@wnylc.org.  The images can also be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #The Riverline.

The deadline for photos is December 28.

Semmel says the public will get a chance to review initial designs by March. The Conservancy hopes final plans will be in place later this summer.

The trail is planned to use an existing rail corridor that runs from the Buffalo River near Smith St. to Canalside near downtown Buffalo. The property is currently owned by the NFTA.

"We are essentially trying to develop this space, which is very similar to the High Line in New York City," Semmel explained.

"It will be 1.5 miles that will be this walkway, this trail where Buffalonians, Western New Yorkers can go out, enjoy nature and see part of the city they didn't see before."