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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2010 Archives > June 2010 > Mayor Brown Announces Lasalle Park Capital Improvements

Mayor Brown Announces Lasalle Park Capital Improvements

Contact: Peter Cutler

$1.6 Million Will Support Upgrades to Infrastructure and Park Amenities

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that his Administration has submitted to the Buffalo Common Council a request to use Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund grant monies for infrastructure and park amenity improvements in LaSalle Park. The city applied for grant funds from the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund and was awarded a combined sum of $1.6 million for the park upgrades.

“LaSalle Park is one of the city’s great waterfront parks and we sought these Greenway funds to make the type of improvements that will enhance the experience city residents and visitors have while in the park,” said Mayor Brown. “With the anticipated opening of Centennial Pool and the improvements made last year to the BarkYard, we are continuing our commitment to make LaSalle Park one of our city’s and region’s premier waterfront parks.”

The funding for the LaSalle Park improvements is as follows:

LaSalle Park, Greenway Phase I:
$654,830.00 funding from the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund for the Development of the LaSalle Park, Phase I, Master Plan Implementation, First Impression Project.

The purpose of the LaSalle Park First Impression Project is to create an attractive entryway and improved access in order to bring more city residents and visitors to the park.  The First Impression project will utilize $654,830.00 to add a playground, signature shelter, grills, benches, landscaping and reconstruction of the D.A.R. Drive roadway with granite curbs and lighting at the Northern entry of the park.  These will be welcomed improvements to the current entry road, which is in poor condition.  In addition, to frame the renovated pool house and Centennial Pool, the First Impression project will provide a paved parking area where gravel currently exists.

LaSalle Park, Greenway Phase I and Phase II
$993,506.00 funding from the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund for the Development of the LaSalle Park, Phase II, Master Plan Implementation.

Project involves the complete reconstruction of D.A.R. Drive in LaSalle Park, installation of new granite curb and street lighting.

The project will improve safety, enhance Park entrance and will draw more children and adults to picnic area, swimming pool and playground.

The funding will also cover a Seawall Restoration Study. The existing seawall is in poor condition, which allows the undermining and erosion along its length adjacent to the river walk. This project includes a seawall study stabilization to curb erosion damage and recommendation for changing the shore line into a more naturalistic setting.  

A naturalized shoreline will encourage more wildlife habitat and will extend the life of the river walk for park users.   

Once the use of the grant money is approved by the Common Council, the city’s Department of Public Works will release a bid package for the work and it is expected that the contracts for the work could be issued within a few weeks and work would commence shortly thereafter.

Last year, Mayor Brown allocated $26,750 in the city’s 2009 Capital Budget to design and build a new parking area to complement the new and expanded popular BarkYard in LaSalle Park. The BarkYard consists of two large fenced in enclosures where dog owners can bring their pets for exercise and social interaction with other dogs.