Social Media Campaign

MyDreamimageIf you’re like us, you’ve been to every meeting Perkins+Will has had regarding the Outer Harbor.  The architectural and design firm blended ideas solicited from the community into three proposals for the Outer Harbor, all of which have benefits for the region.

And the proposals unveiled in early August certainly drew a lot of buzz from the crowds.  But not everyone could attend these events, and, thus, not everyone had a voice.

Though the deadline to vote has passed, you can still view the P & W proposals online (link tba shortly).  We want to make sure that people have a voice in what they want on the Outer Harbor.  All ideas, suggestions and visions are welcome. Just let us and the social media universe know what your dream for the Outer Harbor is.

Here’s how it works:

  • Fill out/draw/list on the attached PDF by any method, from old school crayons or colored pencils to photoshop/illustrator/draw with your vision for the Outer Harbor.
  • Post and share via social media.  We ask that you use the hashtags #outerharbor and #Buffalo.  As a group, we are also hoping to gain momentum behind the hashtags #OHP (Outer Harbor Park) and #gottahavepark.
  • We will retweet all of the ideas shared over social media and present them on our site, if you agree to it.

Click here – OuterHarborDreamSoc – for the pdf download.




  11 comments for “Social Media Campaign

  1. August 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Keep the Buffalo Outer Harbor accessible to the public! Public transportation is necessary to the site from downtown Buffalo and South Buffalo. The Outer Harbor Park should be a renewable energy demonstration site using Solar,Geothermal,Residential Wind and Wave technology to power the comfort stations and park lighting. Well maintained zero waste stations using Solar waste receptacles should be the standard at the site. The Buffalo Outer Harbor must be the site for the Solar Carousel that would bring tourists and entertain families from near and far!

  2. August 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    No residential development (Condo’s) around Times Beach Nature Preserve including in Wilkeson Pointe Park.

  3. August 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    no attached pdf?

    • August 20, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Jay
      Thanks for comment. It’s not clear in the post, but the words “OuterHarborDreamSoc” are the link to the pdf. We will clear that up and in the meantime, the URL for the download –

      • August 21, 2014 at 11:06 am

        Thanks for the link- I know you guys are focused on the area in your map, but the whole outer harbor is included in the ECHDC plan. It would be nice to include more, including Times Beach and Tifft in your map. We at Friends of Times Beach have gone a long way to support your park concept, it would be nice to get some love back!

      • August 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm

        We appreciate our partners, particularly groups like Friends of Times Beach and Riverkeepers. Your comment makes a lot of sense and we have a two pronged response:
        1) If you fill out the map and include as much as you want of the outer harbor in your concept (which can be listed, drawn, highlighted – however you care to do so) we will push it out to our public across digital media. So, please, color outside the box!
        2) The boxed outline is the area we have discussed historically. Clearly, as your comment indicates, we need to talk amongst ourselves on the language and images we use to make sure the message is as clear as possible.
        Thank you for taking the time to read and respond. Your thoughts are always appreciated.

      • August 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm


  4. Kristine Noonan
    August 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    NO Housing of any kind anywhere near Times Beach: Keep our nature preserve a preserve, and keep the beach and outer harbor waterfront for all the people of the region.

  5. logan
    August 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    No housing of any kind, most of all no expensive condo-style housing in the vicinity of times beach and the nature preserve please.

  6. August 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    No stadiums. No residential development. No manufacturing. No hotels or shopping centers. Limited bar/restaurant sites. All 3 proposals are over-built. The purpose should be creating public parkland-nature on Lake Erie. Not creating exclusive preserves for the the affluent at public expense. Nor gifts and or purchase
    of public land to developers.

  7. Matthew Lloyd
    November 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I’d like to throw my 2 cents into the debate about what to do or not due with the land on the outer harbor.
    As it stands right now the land is not clean enough to support residential use. This is the main reason none of our home grown developers have put THEIR money into development of this land to date. I would venture to guess the costs of remediating the land to a level safe for residential development’ would run into the 100s of millions if not billions of dollars. How does a developer make a profit and get a return on their investment when these costs are figured into the equation? They can’t. That’s why they haven’t done it. Of course if the developers can get someone else to cover these costs (i.e. the taxpayers) then their all on board and the mantra becomes – build baby build. Can the taxpayers afford to spend 100s of millions of dollars so that a very few (less than 1% of the population) will be able to reap 100s of millions of dollars in profits? I say no. Don’t forget that in 7 years the owners of the Buffalo Bills will be demanding a new stadium.
    One idea I have not heard: A world class FRESH water Aquarium, research and educational center. The land where the old pier restaurant stood would be a perfect spot. I have not found 1 aquarium in the U.S. that is accessible by boat. How exciting would it be to have that feather in our cap?
    The land is clear and the pier exists. Ownership could remain in the hands of our city or county government while being managed by a consortium made up of UB, Riverkeeper, and the DEC.
    The Atlanta aquarium was built for $40 million dollars. Over the years they have invested another $100 million. Today the Atlanta Aquarium is one of the largest Aquariums in the U.S. Unfortunately it is a salt water Aquarium. (I prefer fresh water). Chicago’s aquarium is focused on fresh water species and has an expansive educational program. I’m hoping to visit in the very near future. But Chicago doesn’t have a pier allowing boaters to access their facility. We would!
    The rest of the land should be planted with native plants and used as parkland. We already have the Bell Slip, and Wilkeson Point. Let’s expand on that for now. Much room remains in the core of the city and inner harbor for development. Residential development on the outer harbor is, as my dad would say, A PIPE DREAM! Unless the taxpayers allow their elected representatives to give away the land and open up the taxpayers coffers to cover the cost of remediation, the outer harbor will remain to costly to develop into residential units.
    As for the upkeep of the outer harbor park a portion of the profits from our world class Aquarium could be used to maintain the trails, refuse collection, and the minimal amount of grass cutting.
    So in conclusion: Park land supported by the world class; “Great Lakes Fresh Water Aquarium, Educational and Research Center @ Buffalo”. And that’s my 2cents.
    Matthew Lloyd: Lifelong resident and proud Tradesman of WNY.

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