DOT should consider conservancy proposal
I am firmly in support of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s proposed plan for Scajaquada Boulevard. I do not support or accept the proposal from the New York State Department of Transportation as in the best interest of either the parks or our city’s future.
My husband and I returned to Buffalo to raise a family and open a small business and we have been galvanized by the positive energy found in this community over the past eight years. As a community, we need to continue to capitalize on projects that enhance our quality of life, that make our city attractive to transplants and expats, and that reinforce what an amazing and progressive city Buffalo continues to become.
The reconstruction of the Route 198 corridor represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to reclaim part of our beautiful Olmsted Park system, making it safe for park users, making it accessible and attractive to bicyclists and enhancing our city’s national image. The plan presented by the conservancy does all of those things without disrupting traffic flow in any real and notable way. The DOT would be remiss in not executing this proposed plan and fixing this decades-old blight on our parks.
I sincerely ask that the DOT reconsider the conservancy’s vision, making the park users’ experience a priority.