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The Riverline will be a nature trail and greenway that links downtown Buffalo to the Buffalo River.

The Land Conservancy is developing The Riverline based on a vision created by the community. Once completed, The Riverline will transform the former DL&W rail corridor along the Buffalo River into a vibrant and engaging nature trail everyone can enjoy—right in the city, only minutes from downtown.

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Concept Designs for The Riverline

After four years of public engagement, these concepts are built around a common theme: The Riverline as a place of Refuge.


The Riverline will provide a place for residents to find refuge, in whatever ways they define it: a place of security, a place of shelter; a place of safety; a place for small social gatherings; a place of sanctuary. The Riverline is a place of coming together and a place of personal growth: a place where we can find ourselves amongst a living history and heritage along our shared waterfront.

Take a deeper dive into the Concept Designs with the videos below

The Riverline Concept Design 
Introducing The Riverline 
The Riverline as a Game Changer 
Elements of The Riverline
Neighborhood Ambassador 
Ecology of The Riverline 

Funding for this phase of work comes in part through an Environmental Protection Fund grant (EPF #180842) administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Additional funding is provided by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York Blue Fund; The First Niagara Foundation in partnership with KeyBank; Moog Inc.; an Erie Canalway IMPACT grant awarded by the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund funded in part through the generous support of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor; Nancy and Tom Smith; Peggy and Jay Elliott; Kathy Lasher and Scott Bieler; and other individual community donors. The Land Conservancy continues to seek additional funding for The Riverline.

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