Is Buffalo's Outer Harbor the right place for a "world class" park? New report says yes

Posted at 11:09 AM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 11:20:08-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — "We have an amazing opportunity," says the author of a new report calling on New York State to expand Buffalo's Outer Harbor state park.

“There’s nothing like our Outer Harbor on the Great Lakes – natural beauty, historic landmarks, recreational opportunities – all within minutes of downtown ” says Sam Magavern, from the Partnership for the Public Good.

PPG Buffalo released its new report Monday, featuring a comprehensive analysis of the assets and challenges of the Outer Harbor and explains why a state park is the best use of the land.

The report breaks down 14 reasons why a state park makes sense, including:

· Protection of important, fragile natural and historic assets;
· Prime locations for fishing, sailing, hiking, birding, and other recreation;
· Addition of parkland to a city that is under-parked, located accessible to city residents facing severe health challenges;
· Positive impacts on tourism dollars, property values, reduced health costs, reduced air and water pollution, and community cohesion.
· Connectivity with Niagara River Greenway, Empire State Trail, and other parks.

You can read the entire report by following this link.