Peg Overdorf

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

After more than two years of construction, finishing touches are under way on the new lodge at River Fest Park in Buffalo’s First Ward. It’s another of the milestone achievements for one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. / Valley Community Association

The Valley Community Association begins its annual Buffalo River Fest Friday evening.

Go back two years and Ohio Street in Buffalo's First Ward was a crumbling road in a dying neighborhood, flanked by buildings which were either falling down or looking in danger of falling. Today, the community's prospects are considerably brighter.