September Hot Spell At Canalside Comes At Transition Time

Most summer vendors gone, Winter setup to begin in November

Mike Baggerman
September 19, 2017 - 3:00 am

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Canalside's once hopping-pace has slowed down in recent weeks because of the upcoming fall seasons. Many businesses like the BFLO Harbor Kayak, the Queen City Bike Ferry, and the Water Bikes of Buffalo are all closed for the season, despite the warmer weather.

However, some businesses remain in operation such as Spirit of Buffalo, the Buffalo River History Tours, Harborcenter, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, and more. Could the warmer weather mean they will continue business past an anticipated closure date?

"That will be driven by the market," Empire State Development's Regional President Sam Hoyt told WBEN. "If they see an opportunity to sell their product and to make money, be it an ice cream cone at Canalside or something else, they're going to do it and we're going to encourage them to do it."

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The Spirit of Buffalo will be out of the water after October 1 while the history tours will conclude after Columbus day. The Naval & Military Park will be open every day until the end of October and will only be open during the weekends, Veterans Day, and the Friday after Thanksgiving during November. It will be closed from December until late-March.

LISTEN: Empire State Development's Sam Hoyt on What's Happening at Canalside

"I hope that this weather continues into October," Hoyt said. "Then, come November, we can flip the switch and turn into our winter festivities which is driven by the ice skating."

Tom Dee, the President of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, said that within the next week the public should see steel erected at the site of the Explore & More Children's Museum.

"We knew once you put the shovel in the ground people would get excited," Dee said. "But you have that lull where everything is underground and people don't really get excited until they see real value. Steel goes up and it's going to change the perception on everything."

He said the carousel project continues but there's been no consensus on where to place the carousel yet. 

LISTEN: ECHDC's Tom Dee on development of Explore & More, Carousels, and the Skyway

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