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Kayak and canoe launch opens in Niagara Falls’ Griffon Park

NIAGARA FALLS – A new kayak and canoe launch in Griffon Park will be dedicated at a ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The new facility is located near but separate from the existing boat launch in the park, located on Buffalo Avenue near the city line.

The launch is one of the only Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant launches on the Niagara River, the city said in announcing the event.

Members of LaSalle PRIDE, a community organization, will be on hand with historical re-enactors. The public, including anyone with a canoe or kayak, is invited to attend the ceremony.

Funding for the launch included a $85,000 Niagara County Environmental Fund grant, a $56,000 New York State Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program-Blueway grant and a $25,000 Niagara River Greenway grant.