NYPA Press Release

Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee Announces Greenway Awards 

For Immediate Release: 5/20/2020
Contact: Carol Sampson |
Carol.Sampson@NYPA.gov | (716) 842-3232

BUFFALO—The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee today announced five new awards totaling approximately $2 million for beautification and improvement projects along the Buffalo and Erie County portion of the Greenway.

The committee receives funds from New York Power Authority (NYPA) 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 Thomas Hersey, Jr., appointed Erie County representative and Commissioner for Erie County Dept. of Environment & Planning.  “In addition to enhancing Buffalo’s Greenway, this year’s awards will help the economic recovery of the region by injecting close to $2 million into construction and consulting services.”


The following projects received funding:

1) Buffalo Lighthouse Association, Inc.: South Buffalo Lighthouse Restoration & Reuse Project: $179,000
2) Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy: Scajaquada Trail-Ph. 5 Delaware Park Rumsey Woods- Ph. 4 Const.: $150,000
3) Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy: Wayfinding & Signage Project: $305,000
4) City of Buffalo: Centennial Park Seawall Supplemental: $750,000
5) County of Erie: Shoreline Trail Enhancement Project- Ph. 1 Const. & Ph. 2 Design: $500,000

Applicants had to meet a January 21 deadline and present their project to the Committee on February 27. The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee has awarded approximately $24 million since its first awards in 2008.  More information on the committee can be found at: http://bit.ly/1XA6mTo.


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