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LaSalle Park is a lakefront jewel in the rough. Lying alongside the end of Lake Erie, it welcomes more park users than any other area park. On the Fourth of July, hundreds of thousands of people come to this beautiful, downtown location.

It is a travesty that the services offered in the park are so shoddy and temporary.

While the Erie Basin Marina has the popular and attractive Hatch and Delaware Park has the Juicery, LaSalle Park has the ramshackle, boarded-up "refreshment stand." Apparently, the Parks Department is more interested in patronage than providing good service and attractive facilities.

The landscaping of the park reminds one more of a pasture than a tourist attraction. Where are the lovely gardens that decorate the marina, Delaware Park Casino and South Park?

If we really want downtown Buffalo to be an exciting and attractive place to live or visit, a good place to start is to clean up and develop its most frequently used park.


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