The reopening of Pat Sole Park at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Columbus Parkway was announced Saturday by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, officials of the Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority and other local dignitaries.
Brown and Sam Hoyt, vice chair of the Peace Bridge Authority, noted that the city government installed new playground equipment at the park in 2011, and in September 2016 the Peace Bridge Authority financially "adopted" the park, investing $325,000 in renovations and landscaping.
"The Peace Bridge Authority takes its community responsibility seriously and this initiative to improve an integral component of green infrastructure was wholeheartedly supported by the PBA board," said Tim Clutterbuck, board chairman.
Brown thanked the PBA for the recent completion of more than $300,000 improvements, including landscaping, pathways, fencing and playground equipment at the historically well-used park.
The mayor said the improvements make Pat Sole Park "a great recreational place for city residents and visitors to enjoy."
State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, added, "Buffalo is known for having great parks, and the new Pat Sole Park is no exception.
Common Council Member David A. Rivera of the Niagara District said the upgrades to the park enhance the neighborhood.
The project was part of a $3 million Adaptive Landscape Management Plan which the Peace Bridge Authority has undertaken to improve neighborhoods adjacent to the Peace Bridge in Buffalo and Fort Erie.