New York's Newest State Park
The City of Buffalo has its first state park. In October, the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Rose Harvey, dedicated Buffalo Harbor State Park as the newest New York State Park. Situated on the Lake Erie shore, it has a beach for enjoying the picturesque views of the lake, and is adjacent to the Tifft Nature Preserve, 264-acre nature refuge dedicated to conservation and environmental education.
Visitors can walk along the beach and promenade, picnic in the pavilions and gambol on the playground. There is also a stage area for special events. The park has a 1,000 slip marina, launches for boats and personal watercraft, a fishing platform, and a fish cleaning station.
Buffalo Harbor State Park also serves as the western end point for the Empire State Trail and contains two recreational trails.
New York State bought the 190 acre site in 2013, remediated the brownfield, and invested $15 million in three phases to create a family friendly park for all to enjoy.