Erie County Transfers Beeman Creek Park to Town of Clarence

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM EDT

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Erie County Transfers Beeman Creek Park to Town of Clarence

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Erie County Executive Chris Collins, Legislator Ray Walter, and Town of Clarence Supervisor Scott Bylewski announced Thursday that the transfer of Beeman Creek Park from Erie County to the Town of Clarence is now officially complete.

The Town of Clarence is responsible for the maintenance and operations of Beeman Creek Park, an undeveloped, natural park.

“My administration believes strongly in local decision making, and when the Town of Clarence came to us requesting ownership of this natural park, my administration was happy to initiate the process of transferring this land,” said Collins. “I am confident that the Town of Clarence will commit themselves to maintaining this charming, undeveloped treasure, and I thank the leadership of the Town of Clarence for agreeing to preserve it for years to come the way Erie County has since 1963.”

“The transfer of Beeman Creek Park is a win-win for the entire community,” said Walter. “This park is a unique undeveloped space, and today’s announcement ensures that decisions regarding its best use will be made at the local level while remaining accessible to all of the citizens of Erie County.”

“The acquisition of Beeman Creek Park further demonstrates the Town of Clarence’s commitment to protect green space,” said Bylewski. “It will be cherished by generations as we strive to achieve our vision of protecting our rural and agricultural character.”

Transferring this parkland required both county and state legislative approval.

The Town of Clarence will have the ability to develop the park, as well as manage drainage issues within the park as they see fit. All Erie County residents will continue to be allowed access to the park for recreational purposes.