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Home > Leadership > Mayor > News Room > Press Releases > Garden At Broderick Park Dedicated To Lillion Batchelor

Garden At Broderick Park Dedicated To Lillion Batchelor

Mayor Byron Brown and Niagara District Council Member David Rivera, joined by community leaders, business owners, residents and others, dedicated the new Contemplative Garden at Broderick Park today to Lillion Batchelor, founder of the Buffalo Quarters Historical Society, for her continued commitment and dedication to raising the national and international awareness of the significant role of Buffalo in the Underground Railroad movement. A beautiful bronze plaque etched with Ms. Batchelor’s name was unveiled as part of the commemoration ceremony of the new garden.

Mayor Brown stated, “Today is a special day as we dedicate the new Contemplative Garden at Broderick Park to Ms. Lillion Batchelor, who never lost sight of the goal of bringing significant improvements to one of Buffalo’s finest waterfront parks and, in the process, raised global awareness about Buffalo’s role in the Underground Railroad movement.  It’s an honor to dedicate this special garden as the “Lillion Batchelor Contemplative Garden.”

Niagara District Council Member David Rivera stated, “Today we honor our past by celebrating Ms. Lillion Batchelor, someone who dedicated their life to building pride and strength in the community by celebrating our past. Without her work and the efforts of Buffalo Quarters Historical Society, we would not have Broderick Park looking as it does today. We all need to continue on the path she laid by showing and telling everyone we know the important role Buffalo played in the Underground Railroad as the last stop before freedom for enslaved peoples. Thank you Ms. Batchelor for bringing us to understand Buffalo’s importance on the Underground Railroad.”

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.  Broderick Park is nearing completion on a $2.4 million parks improvement project funded by the City and State, which included the creation of a south lawn and parking area, a new shelter, railings, sidewalks, bike path, amphitheater and central overlook, as well as concession building improvements, a contemplative garden, Underground Railroad Freedom Walk pathway, new parking area and additional landscape features.  Coupled with the $1.4 million in improvements to Bird Island Pier and the recently completed $8 million redevelopment of the Ferry Street Bridge, the investment at Broderick Park climbs to over $11 million.

The new garden commemorates the site’s historical significance, giving visitors a place for relaxation; and a waterfront promenade, dedicated to the Underground Railroad and its mission for freedom.

The City of Buffalo continues to work closely on this project with The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, as well as Buffalo Quarters Historical Society, WNY Angler’s, Buffalo United Front, Rich Products, and the Broderick Park Advisory Committee.