Everybody’s Waterfront

Courtesy of Jay Burney

Courtesy of Jay Burney

It’s Everybody Waterfront: How Parks Benefit Cities and Regions – A Conversation with Peter Harnik

May 6, 2015  – 6:00-7:30pm
Burchfield Penney Art Center,
1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Parks bring so many benefits – cultural, economic, environmental, health and social among others – and Peter Harnik knows them all. Come hear his thoughts about the Outer Harbor, and why Frederick Law Olmsted’s original vision offers as much wisdom in the 21st Century as it did in the 19th. This event is part of the series, It’s Everybody’s Waterfront.

Peter Harnik - Director, Center for City Park Excellence, The Trust for Public Land

Peter Harnik


A recognized expert on what makes park systems great, Peter Harnik is a sought-after speaker on the relationship between cities and parks. He has researched and written groundbreaking works on the issues facing urban parks. Formerly the coordinator of Environmental Action, Inc., he co-founded both the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail.

Harking is currently the director of Center for City Park Excellence | The Trust for Public Land



About This Event: Door’s open at 5:30 pm, seating is first come first served.  Parking is available in the Burchfield Penney lot and on the Buffalo State College campus. Ticketing will be suspended for this event.

About This Series: It’s Everybody’s Waterfront Buffalo’s Outer Harbor on Lake Erie has been hotly debated this last year, centered around the ECHDC’s planning effort, continuing a conversation that started at least 30 years ago with the NFTA Port closure. It is time to re-engage the public in the conversation about the Outer Harbor: 

What is the future for this waterfront land?
What is the community’s vision for the Lake Erie Waterfront?

As demonstrated by Perkins+Will findings’, the public’s response remains consistent: the belief this land should be public, green, accessible and clean.  aLet’s make this happen! A series of lectures and public forums will be held in April and May to further this conversation. We look forward to your participation and voice. 

April 22, 5:30 – 8:00pm

Tifft Nature Preserve, Fuhrman Blvd, Buffalo, NY
Green Drinks and Lecture
Presentation by Jim Olsen, President of FLOW, with panel respondents
FLOW is an organization seeking protection of the Great Lakes through Public Trust
Sponsored by the WNY Environmental Alliance ; RSVP here
April 30, 7:00-9:00pm
Burchfield Penny Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222
Thursday, April 30, 2015 Film by Robert Reich “With Inequality for All” and discussion of environmental justice issues on the Outer Harbor and the Post-Crisis economy.  Sponsored by Buffalo State Center for Economic and Policy Studies and Burchfield Penny Art Center.
Visit the Burchfield Penney site for more information.
Saturday, May 30
The annual “Skyride Buffalo,” sponsored by GOBike, is a fundraising bicycle tour of historic locations, a scenic tour over the Skyway, and  highlights the past, present and future of bicycling in Buffalo. Ride followed by a celebration at the Outer Harbor.  
Check-in begins at 7:00am at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. Ride at 9am. 



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