21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor Inc. depends on donations from our supporters to continue our advocacy for parkland designation on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. All proceeds are allocated toward public outreach, events, land use planning, materials, and administrative costs.

Thank you for your support!

21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor Inc. is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

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With your help, between 2013 and 2015, 21st Century Park was awarded approximately $22,000 in grants by the Margaret Wendt Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, the Western New York Foundation and the Baird Foundation. Along with more than 100,000 volunteer hours and substantial in-kind donations from our members and supporters, we were able to:


  • Incorporate, register as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, and establish a Board of Directors
  • Create a social media presence, professional website, and recognizable logo
  • Host several major public speaking events, featuring:
    • Peter Harnik, Director of The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence, author of Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities
    • Joanne Witty, Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, Board Member of The Freshkills Park Alliance
    • Matthew Urbanski, Principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
    • The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), featuring competitions creating renewable energy-generating art installations, an idea which may be incorporated on the Outer Harbor and coordinated with Solar City
  • Give more than 150 small presentations to elected officials, community members and leaders on the park concept
“One [important local need] is to challenge Cuomo to produce a park that will make him and Buffalo proud for decades to come. The other is for local leaders to ensure that maintenance and development don’t languish under future governors, who might have other priorities.

Buffalo’s waterfront is on a roll. Canalside is still under construction and is already successful. Its popularity has helped leverage private-sector development, including huge projects at the former Donovan State Office Building and across the street in the Webster Block.

The same is all but certain to happen with the new project, which will connect to Canalside via Ohio Street, about to be converted into a tree-lined parkway that will also allow for hiking, biking and pedestrian access.”

Buffalo News Editorial:

“Overdue transfer of outer harbor land opens the way to critical redevelopment”

September 4, 2013

  • Submit park proposals to the City of Buffalo and New York State
  • Generate news articles and editorials in support of a park concept, securing the endorsement of The Buffalo News Editorial Board
  • Hold a major press conference, capturing the front page of The Buffalo News with our conceptual rendering, which was instrumental in shifting public discussion toward public access and designed parkland
  • Participate in taped Be Well Buffalo cable segment on parks and walkability
  • Secure the support of 38 organizations, elected officials, and community leaders
  • Lead successful citizen-driven campaigns against two proposed development plans, which were inappropriate for the project’s land and affected population
  • Attend public hearings and submitted comments on the City’s new proposed Unified Development Ordinance, or “Green Code”
  • Meet with Common Council members to present our draft resolution in support of designated parkland by the City of Buffalo and State of New York
  • Participate in an Outer Harbor charrette with fellow advocacy groups, awarded through University at Buffalo’s Landscape Architecture Department grant
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