Originally published in Buffalo Rising on 3/29/16.

Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Grants

The Buffalo And Erie County Greenway Fund has released its list of 12 award recipients that will share in nearly $2 million in 2016. A standing committee reviewed the applications and determined that the institutions were deserving of the grant funds. The recipients are all located within close proximity to water resources, per the requirements of the allocated funds from a relicensing agreement that dates back to 2007.

“These awards are being granted to further the Greenway concept running from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario for the communities along the Niagara River,” announced Greenway Chairman Alan J. Bozer, a trustee of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP. “The significant amount of applicants this year, 15, is the largest number since the Greenway funding started in 2008.”

“The community can see the effects of these awards in the improvements along the Buffalo River, as well in the parks running from South Park in the south to the City of Tonawanda hub in the north,” Bozer said. “We are proud to see these grant funds making a difference to the betterment of our community.”

According to Pierre Wallinder of Cazenovia Community Boating Center and Sail Buffalo (learn more), he intends on using the organization’s allotted $120K to purchase additional fisherman huts, create more learning spaces and allow extended seasonal usage of the sailing and boating complex. Additional funds will be dedicated to landscaping, weatherization, and outdoor furniture. Sail Buffalo is one of the greatest examples of what can happen when minimal funding is dedicated to grassroots enterprising efforts along the shores of Lake Erie.

The following projects received funding:

Buffalo Lighthouse Association, Inc. | Buffalo South Entrance Light | $50,000

Buffalo Lighthouse Association, Inc. | Lighthouse Point – Site Enhancement and Bike Path Project, Outer Harbor, Buffalo | $115,390

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy | Cazenovia Park Shoreline and Trails Rehabilitation Project, Phase 2 | $557,980

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy | Scajaquada Trail – Phase 5 Delaware Park Rumsey Woods | $50,000

Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences | Tifft Nature Preserve Visitor Center Improvements – Phase 2 | $150,000

Cazenovia Community Resource Center | Cazenovia Community Boating Center (lead image), Phase 4 | $120,000

City of Buffalo | Jesse Kregal – Shoreline Trail Connector | $40,000

City of Buffalo | LaSalle Park Design and Waterfront Access | $65,000

City of Tonawanda | Intermodal Transit Hub | $425,000

County of Erie | Black Rock Canal Park Improvements – Phase 3 | $275,000

Valley Community Association | Buffalo River Fest Park Wharf, Shelter, Signage & Cameras | $100,000

More information on the Committee can be found at Buffalo Erie Greenway.