The Riverline: A First Look at the Design Drafts

Wednesday, April 28
7:00 PM EST 

The Riverline is coming into focus with a design concept now emerging. The Western New York Land Conservancy and its award-winning design partners W Architecture, Hood Design Studio, and Green Shield Ecology are at the midpoint of a community centered conceptual design process. They will present their first draft of the design concept at a public event livestreamed through YouTube at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28th.

Building on four years of engagement and community feedback from February’s initial concept designs, plans for The Riverline are taking shape as a place of refuge where nature has reclaimed this former rail corridor. Along the one-and-a-half-mile stretch, the design team has also identified locations to introduce ecological gardens and nature-based recreation to meet the community’s vision for this important green connector from downtown Buffalo to the Buffalo River.

Together, these draft designs create both a continuous pathway and different opportunities for immersive experiences in nature and community gathering places. They complement the ongoing revitalization of Buffalo’s waterfront and fuse this ongoing momentum with the history and character of the Old First Ward, Perry and Valley neighborhoods. This design concept remains in draft form. Additional public input is now needed to ensure that the placement and character of these elements aligns with the vision and feedback that the community has provided to date.