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The city's waterfront revitalization plans got a boost Tuesday with a $250,000 state grant for a bicycle and pedestrian Waterfront Recreational Trail.

Dunkirk Director of Planning and Development Maclain Nichols said the total project is expected to cost $750,000.

"We are hopeful to be able to begin the project this summer season," said Nichols. She noted that negotiations with the owners of the former Niagara Mohawk power station on the waterfront are key to the whole plan.

Nichols said a three-mile path will connect the three city parks: Point Gratiot, Memorial and Wright.

She said the next step is to hire a designer to draw the plans for the path.

The grant was announced at a morning news conference by Assemblywoman Cathy Young, R-Olean.

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