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Teams from 50 nations sign up for Buffalo trail design competition

Teams from 50 nations have registered to participate in a design competition to turn Buffalo's DL&W rail corridor into a linear park.

The Western New York Land Conservancy announced Wednesday it received registrations from every continent but Antarctica.

Some 300 teams – including some from Brazil, Egypt, India, the Netherlands and New Zealand – have registered for the design competition.

Registrations have come in from 30 U.S. states, including about two dozen from Western New York teams.

Canalside to RiverBend trail design competition draws worldwide interest

"We've had people come here from South Dakota and Georgia just to get extra information about our proposal," said Nancy Smith, the conservancy's executive director.

Design ideas are due Friday. A jury will judge the submissions. Winners will be announced in the spring.

Teams were asked to submit concepts for crafting a 1.5-mile nature trail and park connecting Canalside with RiverBend.

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