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.

Learn more about designing The Riverline below or go to The Riverline website. 

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Design The Riverline!

Use this link to explore three different ways of imagining The Riverline, and see what elements will make The Riverline an accessible, innovative, and inspiring place where people can connect with nature and with each other. Please leave your thoughts on the different ideas you'll find throughout the site. For a full window view, click here. 

We're always happy to hear your comments and questions. Please send them to

If you missed the live presentation on February 24th you can always watch it with the link below. 

During the event, we had a live poll of the audience. To answer those questions now, click here. 

We are virtually exhibiting these early designs to get public feedback. This feedback will assist in developing preferred concept designs, which will be shared with the public in the spring. We recently requested photographs from you, encouraging you to show us what you would like to see at The Riverline. In response, we received more than 400 photos from across the region, so thank you! Now is your chance to see how your photos inspired the design team.


“Getting the public's input on the initial concepts is a significant step in our design work,” said Barbara Wilks of W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the lead design firm, which is based in Brooklyn. “Not only will it give the community an opportunity to see different possible versions of The Riverline’s future, it will also give the community a chance to shape that vision moving forward. Community feedback is critical during this phase, and we welcome it.”


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 BlueCross BlueShield 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.


The Western New York Land Conservancy is an accredited regional not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 land trust that works with landowners, municipalities, and other organizations to help them conserve their most cherished natural areas and working farms. 



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