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Grants will help WNY Land Conservancy launch park design competition

The Western New York Land Conservancy's plan to construct a linear nature park through Buffalo's First Ward and Valley neighborhoods got a big boost.

A portion of $85,000 received in a pair of grants to the land conservancy from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance will help to fund a community-driven design competition, the conservancy announced.

The competition is expected to be launched this summer. Designs are expected to include multi-use trails and ecological-based habitat improvements as part of the development of the 1.5-mile long planned linear park between Michigan Avenue and the half-bridge overlooking the Buffalo River near SolarCity.

Taking the next steps to make DL&W 'high line' park a reality

The second grant will go toward creating the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary, a more than 140-acre forested wetland, on Grand Island, conservancy officials said.

This area, off Alabama Street between Miami and Mackinaw streets, would be part of the proposed development of the elevated linear park. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)


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