WHEATFIELD – A Town of Lockport park will be able to tap into Niagara River Greenway funding to buy new bleachers and signs despite the qualms of New York Power Authority, which is ponying up the cash.
The Host Community Standing Committee, the entity that controls Niagara County’s portion of money to develop an interconnected system of parks, trails and water access points along the Niagara River from Buffalo to Youngstown, approved the $25,400 allocation on Tuesday.
The Power Authority is providing roughly $450 million over five decades to several committees, including the Host Community Standing Committee, to support the Greenway effort.
Lou Paonessa, an authority representative, on Tuesday called the project at Day Road Park a “maintenance-type issue” not in line with the intent of the Greenway.
Were the plans part of a larger project involving more widespread improvements, then such spending may be warranted, Paonessa said.
The City of Niagara Falls also previously objected to the use of the funding, but did not have a representative at Tuesday’s committee session in the offices of the county Industrial Development Agency.
The Niagara River Greenway Commission, which guides the development of the Greenway but holds no funding power, unanimously voted in November that the project was inconsistent with the goals and principles of the Greenway.
The town’s plans for Day Road Park, at Day Road and East High Street, call for two new sets of bleachers for use at the park’s soccer fields. The $37,300 project also includes buying signs to direct traffic towards the park from the Erie Canal corridor.