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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2012 Archives > June 2012 > Mayor Brown Announces New Funding For Bird Island Pier Repairs

Mayor Brown Announces New Funding For Bird Island Pier Repairs

Contact: Lorey Schultz
               (716) 851-5545

June, 18, 2012– A popular fishing spot along the Niagara River in Buffalo will soon be repaired.  Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Deputy Parks Commissioner Andrew Rabb announced that $750,000 was awarded to the City of Buffalo from the Niagara River Greenway Commission for the reconstruction of the Bird Island Pier.

“The Bird Island Pier is an important part of historic Broderick Park and popular with the public,” said Mayor Brown.  “We look forward to re-opening the recreational walkway so people can fish, stroll, or enjoy a spectacular view of the river and city skyline.”

The pier is more than 100 years old.  A portion of it was closed in 2010 due to structural damage from exposure to the swift river currents, the ice, the rain and snow.   City engineers are currently working out an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform the work which will include the placement of large concrete blocks in unstable areas.

The repairs to the pier are timely, coinciding with the $1.5 million city funded revitalization of Broderick Park.  The final public meeting on the proposed Master Plan for Broderick Park is scheduled for Thursday, July 12th at the Rich Product’s Atrium. (6-8 p.m.)

Broderick Park is listed as part of the National Underground Railroad Network and recognized by historians as the historic terminus of the Underground Railroad between the United States and Canada.  The proposed master plan commemorates the site’s historical significance by incorporating an amphitheater for educational uses, lectures and inspirational concerts; a contemplation garden that will give visitors a place for relaxation; and a waterfront promenade, dedicated to the Underground Railroad and its mission for freedom.  The proposed plan also calls for new parking, a new family gathering space, and an enhanced fishing area. 

The City of Buffalo re-gained control of city-wide parks from the county in 2010, and since then has taken significant steps to improve Broderick Park by doing day-to-day maintenance, and working closely with stakeholders in anticipation of the planned improvements.  City Bond funds dedicated to Broderick Park Improvements include:
o $68,000 for the development of the Master Plan
o $950,000 has been allocated for implementation and construction of the plan

The City of Buffalo has been working closely with The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, which secured an additional $250,000 in state funding for the project, as well as Buffalo Quarters, WNY Angler’s, Buffalo United Front, Rich Products, and the Broderick Park Advisory Committee. 

Repairs to the Bird Island Pier are scheduled to begin in September.