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Editorial: Wilson Foundation grant will speed completion of greenway

Ralph Wilson's gifts to Western New York keep on giving.

This week it was announced that the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is donating $6.5 million to help complete the Niagara River Greenway, a trail running from Buffalo to Youngstown.

Cyclists, hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts have made trails more popular than ever and anything that helps Western New Yorkers to get more movement into our lives is a good thing.

A gateway site at Buffalo Harbor State Park will be especially beneficial to the city, turning what's now a gravel-filled lot into an attractive launching spot for a series of trails that will be part of a 750-mile network.

New York State is also providing significant funding for the project — about $23 million — which will also span areas in the Tonawandas, Niagara Falls and Lockport.

Once again, the generosity of the foundation set up by the late founder of the Buffalo Bills will be a game-changer for residents of our region.

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