Vision

Vision & Mission Statement:

Vision:

To protect and preserve over 130 acres of Lake Erie waterfront land for public use and recreation by creating a modern park for the benefit of the people of Western New York.

Mission:

  • Gather support from all facets of our community – individuals, organizations and government – to dedicate this land as park land;
  • Create public access to the Outer Harbor for water related activities and recreation;
  • Connect greenways and bikeways from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie according to Olmsted’s original vision;
  • Use Olmsted’s vision for a lakefront park for Buffalo and dedicate the park to him, as the first public park to do so;
  • Implement sustainable practices throughout;
  • Improve quality of life in Western New York by providing recreational opportunities for all people to gather, celebrate, contemplate and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community and the environment.

Why:

This land happens to be the largest parcel of available urban waterfront land in the Northeast and we see it as vital to the rebirth of Buffalo as the “Queen City.”  A waterfront park would be the best possible of use of this land creating the greatest return for the population.  We are a civic-minded group in WNY actively lobbying for public access of our waterfront i.e. the common good, allied with like Western New York Environmental Alliance, Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education and Buffalo Young Preservationists (for a full list of our partners, see here).   Buffalo is the largest city in the northeast that can view a sunset over water, but the best vantage point lies inaccessible and unused.

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