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The Trolley Stop Community Park, billed as the cornerstone for Main Street revitalization, got a much-needed boost this week with a $1,000 donation from M&T Bank.

Construction is set to begin in the spring on the park, planned for a parcel in the 1900 block of Main Street, between South and Cleveland avenues, across from Lincoln Place.

Marjorie Gillies, president of the Main Street Business and Professional Association, said that negotiations to purchase the parcel from the city for $1 are "in the final stages."

"This is one of our biggest plans," Gillies said. "It will be a teaching park, featuring plants indigenous to Niagara Falls. Hopefully, we'll have (connecting) transportation to help highlight Main Street architecture."

In addition to "getting donations right and left," Deana Genova, the association's administrative assistant, said that funding for the park will come from a grant courtesy of the Niagara County Environmental Fund as well as community development grants, through the city.

The parkland was freed up last year when the city demolished some old buildings at the site, Genova said. The park is being designed by architect and landscape engineer Frank Brzezinskiof Niagara Falls, she said.

Other contributors to the park include the Niagara Falls Redevelopment Corp.

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