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Photos and Captions: NYPA Starts Site Preparation at Buffalo River Parcel for Ice Boom Storage and New Neighborhood Park

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The New York Power Authority’s plans for the newly designated warm-weather storage site in Buffalo’s Old First Ward for the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom include the development of a more-than one-acre park on a section of the property. An artist’s rendering of the site highlights the plans for the ice boom storage and the park, which will include thickly planted trees, an open-lawn area, a boardwalk promenade and a boat launch for canoes and kayaks. The new ice-boom storage site will free up the current storage site at the Buffalo Outer Harbor for waterfront redevelopment.

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Stretched across the mouth of the Niagara River at Lake Erie, the ice boom is installed on or about Dec. 16 of each year and removed in early spring.  The boom, as shown in this aerial photo, reduces the amount of ice that would otherwise flow from the lake into the river.

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Putting shovel to the ground to symbolically start construction at NYPA’s new 10.3 acre, $24 million ice boom storage facility and neighborhood park at Hamburg Street in Buffalo’s Old First Ward are (l-r): Gary Hill - UCC (contractor); Pat Curley - NYPA trustee; Steven Stepniak - Public Works Commissioner, City of Buffalo; Margaret "Peg" Overdorf - Executive Director, Valley Community Association; Julie O'Neill - Executive Director, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper; Congressman Brian Higgins; NYPA President and CEO Richard Kessel; Assemblyman Mark Schroeder; Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy; and David Colligan - Erie Canal Harbor Development Board. The facility will be ready to store NYPA’s ice boom when it’s pulled from the water next spring. The park, which will feature a recreational boathouse and canoe/kayak launch, will be developed by the end of 2011.

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