Cuomo Pledges $10 Million for Ralph C. Wilson Centennial Park

City to Add $3 Million

Neil McManus
October 20, 2019 - 12:28 pm

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the state is pledging $10 million in aid to new Ralph C Wilson Centennial Park, the former LaSalle Park along the city's waterfront. Buffalo Mayor, Byron Brown was also on hand and announced $3 million dollars in city funds to be tabbed for the project which is expected to cost a total of $68 million.

Mayor Brown, in announcing the city funding and introducing Governor Cuomo, said; "These state funds to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park builds on the Governor's extraordinary commitment to Buffalo's waterfront and the people of this community. The city's additional $3 million commitment for a new pedestrian bridge into the park guarantees it will be a signature element, creating a safe, inviting gateway into Buffalo's largest waterfront park." 

In fall 2018, Mary Wilson - the widow of the late Buffalo Bills pro football franchise founder and longtime owner - and the foundation named after her husband announced a $100 million gift to Western New York to improve parks and trail ways. Half of that money will be invested in the redesign of LaSalle Park into the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park.

According to a release by the Cuomo Administration, the state funding will provide a pedestrian bridge to replace the current Hudson Street Bridge, which will create access to the lake's edge in the park, as well as a new lagoon that boosts tourism and resiliency efforts. Cuomo said that this latest project is another example of Buffalo's revitalization when it comes to the waterfront, "Our vision from day one has been about democratizing Buffalo's waterfront, and by investing in this new bridge and in this new lagoon, we can help ensure communities that for too long have been blocked from the waterfront get to experience it and all the benefits of the region's renaissance."

Lt. Governor, Kathy Hochul and Mary Wilson were also in attendance for the announcement. 

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