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Black Rock Canal undergoing upgrades

Black Rock Canal Park is undergoing significant upgrades this spring as the second phase of construction gets underway at the Erie County owned facility.

The project will include improvements to parking areas, as well as the installation of a river-themed, stone promenade along the water’s edge. In addition, there will be new landscaping and other thematic elements consistent with the park’s 19th century heritage. The first phase of the project, which involved the initial design, development, and construction of the Park, was completed in 2013, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in May of that year.

“The continuing developments at Black Rock Canal Park will enhance visitors’ experiences and add to the aesthetics of the Park, as well as make it easier for boaters to access the launch and enjoy the Niagara River,” said County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz in a statement Wednesday.

A new stone promenade will be installed at the park’s edge along the water, and will feature a large black rock as a tribute to the Black Rock area along with a boat sculpture near the launch.

Construction on the $850,000 second phase was started Wednesday, and is expected to be completed in about 16 weeks. The boat launch and main parking area at Black Rock Canal Park will be closed until then.