Waterfront Development: What about LaSalle Park?

City of Buffalo said it's not being ignored

Mike Baggerman
August 17, 2018 - 3:00 am

LaSalle Park. August 16, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Matt Moran)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - City of Buffalo officials said that LaSalle Park isn't being ignored after all the waterfront development in recent years. 

"The city, since 2006...has completed over $8 million in improvements to LaSalle Park," Deputy Parks Commissioner Andy Rabb told WBEN. 

These improvements include the pools projects, the "bark-yard" dog run, the skate park, picnic shelters, and more. The city plans to add another $1 million to the park. The money will be used for improvements for the pavilion and pathways plus security amenities. 

"There's also a community engagement process called 'Imagine LaSalle' that UBRI is conducting right now to get ideas and thoughts from the public on what else needs to happen at LaSalle Park," Rabb said. "There was a master plan created for LaSalle Park in 1998 that formed some concepts for the $8 million of work that has gone on since then. We've done another update or report on that in 2017 where we met with constituents to discuss what needed to be changed or discussed more. That really kind of led to this effort on how we want to imagine LaSalle. I think it's too early to state the results of that because the survey and community engagement process is underway right now."

The survey asks you questions about how often you visit the park, likes and dislikes, how you get there and what entrance you use, and what changes you'd like to see. 

Local sport leagues utilize the park with little league games, adult sports leagues, and kickball during the summer months. City of Buffalo staff do multiple pickups of the park per day, cleaning out garbages and picking up trash. 

Canalside's emergence as the top waterfront destination has had some effect on how often people visit the park. However, Rabb said they're simply two separate venues.

"There's some limitations on size of events but we still have many events at LaSalle Park," he said. "For example, the Hispanic American Festival is taking place this weekend....We have other community-based events like the Rick James Funk Fest that takes place there every year."

LaSalle Park was marked as one of the locations for the Buffalo Blueway addition earlier this week which would give visitors access to the water. Rabb said the city isn't ready to comment on specifics about the Blueway project and how it will be implemented at the park. 

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