Park Concept

Internationally renowned Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (MVVA) created the conceptual rendering for the Outer Harbor Park.  MVVA, a Landscape Architecture and Urban Design firm, has designed and constructed parks in Boston, Philadelphia and around the world, including both Brooklyn Bridge Park and Chelsea Cove at Hudson River Park in New York City. MVVA believes that parks are founded on the idea of the commons – democratic, inclusive open spaces, while promoting ecological, programmatic, experiential and social diversity.

The Outer Harbor Park concept, developed in collaboration with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, would feature innovative place-making elements that improve the quality of life by providing recreational opportunities for people to gather, celebrate, contemplate and engage in activities that promote well-being, health, community, and the environment. This vision includes features that allow visitors to:

  • Experience the natural beauty of Lake Erie, access to the water for sailing, boating, kayaking, paddleboarding and fishing;
  • Experience incredible sunset views over the lake – this parcel of land is the only place in the NorthEast major city where you can do this unobstructed;
  • Experience dedicated space for an outdoor amphitheater, restaurants, a promenade, and starts to identify appropriate locations as placeholders for future redevelopment.

Download the full renderings and see all the possibilities this park offers.

Learn more about this land and its history.

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