Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

July 22, 2016

Angela P. Berti | 716-278-1764

Public Comment Period Open for West River Multi-Use Trail

Re-Use of West River Parkway announced as the preferred alternative

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is now accepting comments on the proposed multi-use trail on the West River Parkway of Grand Island.

The preferred alternative presented by State Parks at a public meeting on Wednesday, July 20 calls for the re-use of the existing eight- mile parkway to create a multi- use trail. Under the plan, traffic will be diverted to West River Road, improved landscaping, appropriate trail markings and furnishings will all be installed.

The proposed trail will connect Beaver Island State Park and Buckhorn State Park as well as to provide a link between the cities of Niagara Falls and Buffalo for non-motorized vehicles. Additionally, when complete, this project will provide a critical missing connection to the Niagara River Greenway.

The presentation and a link to the New York State Department of Transportation traffic count link related to the plan can be found at

Comments on the proposal may be submitted via email to or by mail to Victor O'Brien, C&S companies, 141 Elm Street, Suite 100, Buffalo, NY 14203 by August 3.

This project is being presented in partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation and the Town of Grand Island.