New Outer Harbor Bicycle Park nears final approval

Posted at 10:47 PM, Jan 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-16 23:01:57-05

The Outer Harbor could be getting another facelift.

A new five million dollar proposal to turn a vacant space, by the Bell Slip, into a new bike friendly park, is awaiting final approval from the Buffalo Common Council and Mayor Byron Brown.

After a year of planning, those working on the project hope to have shovels in the ground by Memorial day, and they say the park will be a great place for families to enjoy time togeather.

"This would be a place where people who live in the city or live in the surrounding areas can take their kids, and take their families and ride their bicycles in a safe off road facility," Jim Allen, of the WNY Mountain Bicycling Association, tells Seven Eyewitness News.

The project, which is a part of the Buffalo Billion Funding, will also help remove invasive species from the Outer Harbor, and as WNYMBA president Jon Sunquist tells us, is a big part in the continued development of the waterfront.

"This is something that the City of Buffalo has been wanting for a long time, and it's going to be an important part of bringing the Outer Harbor into what people have been talking about for twenty five years."