AUTHOR: BRADLEY J. BETHEL JR., ROCC RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Scajaquada’s Community Impact | Buffalo was built upon a series of natural and man-made resources that for much of the city’s history have shaped a cohesive urban ecosystem. Many city neighborhoods were established around their proximity to such natural resources as parks and waterways. Scajaquada Creek is a prime example of how multiple communities were given birth from the same source, in this case along an inward waterway weaving a path to the Niagara River.
AUTHOR: JILL JEDLICKA, BUFFALO NIAGARA WATERKEEPER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
This is the first in a four-part, guest author series, highlighting what is possible through the vision of a restored Scajaquada Creek corridor. This series shared over the next two weeks, will place a priority focus on a community-inspired vision for Scajaquada’s waterway, park system, trail and transportation networks, and community revitalization.
SIX “WATERFRONT” PROJECTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED A COMBINED $2 MILLION BY THE BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY GREENWAY FUND STANDING COMMITTEE. THE FUNDING, DESIGNATED FOR BEAUTIFICATION AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS ALONG THE BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY PORTION OF THE GREENWAY, COME AT A TIME WHEN MANY ORGANIZATIONS ARE SCRAMBLING TO SECURE CAPITAL DURING AN UNCERTAIN TIME DUE TO THE PANDEMIC.
With quarantine measures, social distancing, etc., non-profits have not been able to rely upon traditional fund procurement methods.
BUSINESSMEN KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED TO DO FOR THE EMERGING CITY, SO THEY WENT OUT AND HIRED THE BEST. THE RESULT WAS AN ENVIABLE PARK SYSTEM.
As Buffalo’s Olmsted Parks system prepares to celebrate the 200th birthday of its namesake, it’s worth noting that the system might never have happened had it not been for the ambition, ingenuity and envy of the city’s early business leaders.