Buffalo, NY/Fort Erie, ON (WKBW)
– Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority) announced plans to celebrate Earth Day by undertaking several litter and debris cleanup initiatives within Front Park and Pat Sole Park in the City of Buffalo, as well as along the Fort Erie Friendship Trail between Buffalo Road and Point Abino Road in the Town of Fort Erie.
“Over the last ten years the Authority has taken substantial steps to demonstrate our commitment to a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly bridge crossing,” said Authority Chairman Anthony Annunziata. “This Earth Day we plan to complement the maintenance efforts of local Parks Departments, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, and the Niagara Parks Commission, as they begin enhancing our adjacent neighborhood public spaces and preparing them for summer.”
As part of PBA Earth Day activities, Authority staff is slated to handle trash and debris pickup in both City parks, while student volunteers from local elementary and secondary schools will assist in sprucing up segments of the Friendship Trail. Gloves, garbage bags, waste collection services, and general support will also be supplied for the effort.
The Authority’s Earth Day activities will be observed over two days this year and commence with trail work at 9:00 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, April 21, 2011, and continue via park cleanup at 9:00 a.m. (EST) on Friday, April 22, 2011.
The following schools will take part in the trail cleanup: Fort Erie Secondary, Niagara Christian Community of Schools, Ridgeway Elementary School, Ridgeway-Crystal Beach High School, Stevensville Public School, St. George Catholic Elementary School, and St. Philomena Elementary School.
“The Authority welcomes partnerships with the surrounding Buffalo Niagara community to address and diminish our environmental footprint,” said Authority Vice Chairman Ken Schoetz. “We work to achieve this goal in a variety of ways. We do it through our extensive stormwater management program, sponsorship of the Spare the Air Program to reduce truck emissions, the Bridge in Bloom Campaign to landscape and beautify PBA buildings and grounds, installation of an energy-efficient LED bridge lighting system, and our annual Earth Day initiatives.”
The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, a binational bridge authority, has owned and operated the Peace Bridge since 1933. The bridge, which was opened to traffic in 1927, spans the Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, and is a key international border crossing. The Authority is governed by a 10 member board with an equal number of representatives from Canada and the United States. As an international compact and in accordance with its enabling legislation, the chairmanship alternates annually between Canada and the United States.