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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > May 2013 > Broderick Park Revitalization Project

Mayor Brown Kicks Off Phase-One Broderick Park Revitalization Project With A Ceremonial Groundbreaki

Contact: Lorey Schultz
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$1.5 million investment includes a new amphitheater, entrance plaza, new shelter and grills

MaY 8, 2013 – Mayor Byron Brown was joined today by Niagara District Councilman David Rivera, members of the Buffalo Quarters Historical Society, Buffalo United Front, Western New York Anglers Association, the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, the New York Department of State, Rich Products, the Broderick Park Advisory Committee and other community leaders and stakeholders for a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the start of construction for the $1.5 million Phase I Broderick Park Revitalization Project.  The $1.5 million phase-one construction plan calls for new shelter and grills, south parking area and roadway improvements, an amphitheater, new entrance plaza, canal side railings, a great lawn, utilities and lighting.

“I am proud to celebrate the rebirth of Broderick Park, one of Buffalo’s crown jewels,” said Mayor Brown.   “Today is a milestone in a community wide effort to revitalize and improve one of the city’s and nation’s historic sites - Broderick Park.  I want to thank our partners for being a part of this effort that will guarantee Broderick Park will once again be a shining source of pride, and create a a space that is not only a regional draw to Buffalo’s waterfront, but celebrates the historic value of the park.”

Broderick Park, located at the foot of West Ferry Street along the Niagara River, 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 Master Plan, designed by Nussbaumer & Clarke, Inc. and Trowbridge, Wolf, Michaels Landscape Architects, 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.  It also calls for new parking, a new family gathering space, and an enhanced fishing area. 

The Department of State, through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, worked in partnership with the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper on this project, providing $800,000 through the Environmental Protection Fund to improve Broderick Park.

“The New York Department of State is pleased to be working with the City of Buffalo to create a potential jewel in the City of Buffalo’s park system,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “The Broderick Park Revitalization Project will memorialize the unique local history associated with the Underground Railroad in a manner that enhances the waterfront area and makes it attractive, financially vibrant and accessible to both residents and visitors alike. We will continue to collaborate with the City of Buffalo, Erie County and the Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER to redevelop the City’s extensive waterfront resources, expand waterfront access, and protect resources.”

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, 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.  Last year, hundreds of citizens invested their time to attend a series of community meetings hosted by Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo Division of Parks and Recreation, sharing their ideas, suggestions and comments about what they wanted to see in the project.

Funds dedicated to Broderick Park Improvements include:

Master Plan Design: completed 2012

  • $68,000 for the development of the Master Plan (City Bond Funds)
  • $205,000 – NYS DOS Grant Funds for development of Master Plan & Broderick Park seawall study with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Phase 1 Construction:  begin spring 2013, complete spring 2014

  • $950,000 – City Bond Funds (2010 & 2011)
  • $563,000 – NYS DOS Grant Funds

Phase II Construction – begin fall 2013, complete fall 2014

  • $800,000 – City Bond Funds (2013)

Phase II Broderick Park Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013. The plan includes the installation of the Freedom Walk, Riverwalk and other pathways, interpretative center improvements, completion of the north parking area and landscaping.

This project is a great example of the strategic investments made by the Brown Administration to enhance the Broderick Park neighborhood, which also includes a $10.6 million Niagara Street Improvement Project and final repairs to the Bird Island Pier.  At the same time, Rich Product’s has planned an $18.5 million expansion of its global headquarters, securing 700 jobs in Buffalo.