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Western New York Land Conservancy seeks help from the public on designs for The Riverline

Posted at 12:21 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 10:44:12-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Western New York Land Conservancy along with its design partners W Architecture, Hood Design Studio and Green Shield Ecology are looking for photos from the WNY community that can help shape the design of The Riverline, the proposed nature trail and greenway being developed along the former rail corridor that runs from Canalside to the Buffalo River.

Officials say they are looking for photos and ideas to help guide the ongoing concept and design process. They ask those wishing to participate consider how The Riverline can:

  • Respect the character and history of local communities and increase quality of life for residents
  • Embrace and enhance nature that thrives along the corridor
  • Provide for different kinds of recreation and events year round
  • Create connections beyond the old rail corridor itself
  • Design with long-term use, maintenance, and safety in mind
  • Help create additional investment and opportunity in the community

Officials say The Riverline is in the planning stages and not yet open to the public, so the photos should come from other trails, nature preserves, parks, buildings and neighborhoods.

If you wish to participate you can email your photos to Alexa Ringer at the Land Conservancy ( by December 28th, 2020 or post them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #TheRiverline hashtag.

The WNY Land Conservancy says it has distributed 25 cameras to community members in the Old First Ward, Perry, and Valley neighborhoods as part of the process.

“This documentation effort is a crucial part of the design process,” says Barbara Wilks, principal and founder of W Architecture, “since it allows us to see the future corridor of The Riverline through the eyes of people who will use it.”

Officials say the concept and design is being guided by community input.

"The Concept and Schematic Design phase is being guided by community input. The design of The Riverline will build on the community vision plan, which imagines an inspiring community gathering place alive with the history and voice of the surrounding Old First Ward, Perry, and Valley neighborhoods. It will become a vibrant, safe, and welcoming space for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to connect with each other, with nature, and with the waterfront," a release states.

For more information visit The Riverline website here.