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When construction on the controversial $2.5 million West River Parkway trail on Grand Island began this week, reactions from people who have been watching it closely tended to fall into two categories: despair and joy. The despair was on display Monday evening in Town Hall, when detractors, many of them residents of West River Road, attended the Town Board meeting. They…

Environment

After several years of discussion and protests, New York State Parks began Tuesday its first step to transform West River Parkway into a multi-use trail along the Niagara River on Grand Island. Residents began seeing construction vehicles setting up and blocking off roads Tuesday, and a notice that work is expected to commence next week. A large neon sign informed dr…

Erie County

With the state parks' plan to close West River Parkway in April to build a new multiuse path, some groups that used the Parkway for their events are asking the Town of Grand Island to let them close West River Road for some events, said Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford. Crawford asked the Town Board to consider adopting a policy for closing town roads. He said Gr…

Erie County

Despite a state plan to break ground on the $2.5 million West River Parkway Trail on Grand Island in April, permanently closing the road to traffic, those who oppose it say they will continue their battle with state parks officials to stop it right up until the end. One weekend ago, members of the West River Homeowners Association were still papering windshields with op…

Erie County

The West River Parkway trail along the Niagara River in Grand Island remains on schedule with plans to close the service road and begin construction in the spring. The 8-mile recreation trail along the Niagara River will connect Beaver Island and Buckhorn state parks. The project is funded by federal and Greenway grants. The LiRo Group of Buffalo is the project manag…

Local News

Social media has been buzzing about the status of the state's plans to close West River Parkway on Grand Island, but state parks Western District Director Mark W. Thomas made it clear: "In no way are we canceling this project." This was a portion of the letter that Thomas recently sent to Grand Island Councilman Michael Madigan after Madigan wrote to him, "Please confir…