Who We Are

21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor is composed of a group of dedicated individuals from all walks of life who are seeking a common goal – the creation of a significant public park on the Outer Harbor of Buffalo for public access and use.  This park will be the southern anchor of the Niagara River Greenway, linking over 50 miles of pathways, bikeways and waterways creating an exciting regional recreational destination. The group includes community activists, former elected and appointed officials, attorneys, authors, planners, designers, and more.



Executive Director

Nicole Matteson Director of Finance, League of Women Voters Buffalo Niagara; Board Member, Coalition of Positively Charged People; Former State Legislative Employee and Community Organizer


Board of Directors


Joanne Kahn

Former Chairperson, Delaware Park Steering Committee
Vice President

Joan Bozer

Emeritus Trustee, Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy; Founder of National Association of Olmsted Parks; Former Erie County Legislator, 16 years

Gary Phillips, LLC

Founder, Phillips Law Firm

James Carr

Urban Planner; Former Director, Urban Waterfront Advisory Committee
Frank Kowsky SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art and History; Author of “The Best Planned City in the World – Olmsted, Waux and the Buffalo Park System”
Maggie Hamilton Urban Planner; Real Estate Development Manager, Cedarland Development Group; Steering Committee Member, Urban Land Institute
Marika Woods-Frankenstein Coordinator of the Annual Elmwood Festival of the Arts; Trustee of WNY Sustainable Energy Association Trust
Ann Bellows Interior Decorator
Marie Choushani Urban Planner, Organizer for proposed International Garden Festival
Laura Kirkpatrick Journalist; Member, Tifft Nature Preserve, Prospect Park Alliance, and Discover Outdoors


Peter Harnik Landscape Architect, Author of “Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities”
Jessie Fisher Executive Director, Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Former Director of Planning, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Tim Tielman Executive Director of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture; Principal of The Neighborhood Workshop; Member of City of Buffalo Preservation Board
Phil Haberstro Founder and Executive Director, Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo




Beaver Meadow Audubon Society

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder

Buffalo Councilman Chris Scanlon

Buffalo Maritime Center

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education

Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Citizens for Regional Transit

Congressman Brian Higgins

George Arthur

Great Lakes Experience – (U.S. Fish and Wildlife)

Green Options – GO Bike

Groundwork Buffalo

League of Women Voters Buffalo/Niagara

Mark Goldman

NYS Assemblyman Mickey Kearns

NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan

NYS Senator Marc Panepinto

Old First Ward Community Association

Partners for a Livable WNY

Partnership for the Public Good

Pierce-Arrow Car Museum – James and MaryAnn Sandoro

Preservation Buffalo Niagara

PUSH Buffalo – Aaron Bartley

Riverworks – Doug Swift

Silo City – Rick Smith

The Buffalo News

The Buffalo Society of Artists

The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture and Culture

The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo

Tifft Nature Preserve

Western New York Environmental Alliance (80+ organizations)

Western New York Sustainable Energy Association

WNY Land Conservancy

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