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.
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.