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Tonawanda awarded nearly $500,000 to improve city docks

The City of Tonawanda has been awarded nearly a half-million dollars to expand the boat docks at four locations along its waterfront, officials said.

The city will receive $487,000 from the state Department of State to improve docks at Niawanda Park, behind city hall and at the confluence of the Erie Canal and Ellicott Creek, Mayor Rick Davis said Monday.

A new ADA-compliant dock with slips for 14 boats is proposed near the pavilion in Niawanda Park. The fishing dock and police boat dock behind City Hall will also be enhanced, according to the city's grant application. The city also plans to extend the floating watersports dock at the canal and creek near the intermodal hub currently under construction.

The state grant will cover approximately half the cost of the project, and Davis said he hopes to use the state grant to obtain other funding to close the gap. Improving the city's docks was identified last year as a priority during public hearings on an update to the city's Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, he said.

"I applaud the public for coming out and letting us know what they want our waterfront to look like," the mayor said. "We're delivering."

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