Erie County is fortunate to have four natural habitat “pocket parks” located in downtown Buffalo. Each habitat park is unique in its setting, providing a natural sanctuary for native plants and animals to thrive among urban surroundings. The parks are situated along the Buffalo River, which is designated as a toxic water body, or “Area of Concern” (AOC). The river has undergone extensive cleanup over the last several years. As part of the recovery effort, US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has invested millions of dollars in shoreline and habitat restoration to revive a healthy ecosystem.
During 2016-17 we will see major construction at Erie County’s habitat parks to restore the native plants, fish and wildlife to these areas.
- Bailey Peninsula Natural Habitat Park
- Red Jacket Natural Habitat Park
- Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park
- Times Beach Nature Preserve
- Erie County Natural Habitat Park located at South Park and Bailey Avenues, Buffalo NY.
- Erie County Parks & Recreation: Bailey Peninsula Natural Habitat Park page
- As part of the US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Bailey Peninsula is undergoing an extensive shoreline and habitat restoration from July, 2016 through May, 2017.
- The restorations will include:
- creation of a seiche wetland,
- turtle habitat feature,
- a kayak trailhead/launch,
- upgraded walking trails and fishing access.
- Also during 2016-2018, the City of Buffalo is constructing a relocation of the Bailey Avenue Bridge, which will intersect through Erie County’s Bailey Peninsula Natural Habitat Park. Once relocated, the bridge team will complete upgrades to restore natural habitat and green infrastructure features where the old bridge was, allowing Erie County residents to enjoy a newly-restored urban habitat and nature park.
- Erie County Natural Habitat Park located at the foot of Smith Street, Buffalo NY.
- Erie County Parks & Recreation: Red Jacket Natural Habitat Park page
- This is a popular fishing and hiking location for many Erie County residents.
- As part of the US EPA Great Lakes Restoratin Initiative, Red Jacket Natural Habitat Park is undergoing an extensive restoration from July, 2016 through May, 2017.
- The restoration will include:
- shoreline and habitat improvements,
- upgraded trails,
- an informal kayak launch,
- enhanced green infrastructure parking area
- a living fence line around site perimeter to deter infiltration of invasive species from neighboring properties.
- Erie County Natural Habitat Park located at 1670 Seneca Street, Buffalo NY.
- Erie County Parks & Recreation: Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park page
- As part of the US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Seneca Bluffs is undergoing restoration work from July, 2016 through May, 2017.
- Improvements will include:
- extensive bank stabilization and reshaping
- extensive native planting of the entire approximate 3,500 linear feet of shoreline and Riverine Island.
- Erie County residents have a remarkable 20+ acres of natural habitat and shoreline access in an urban South Buffalo neighborhood. Watch for additional future improvements to this spectacular downtown nature park.
- Erie County Natural Habitat Park located at the Outer Harbor next to the Coast Guard Station on Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo NY.
- Erie County Parks & Recreation: Times Beach Nature Preserve page
- Times Beach is a globally significant important bird area and home to many native plant and wildlife species.
- With the expanding activities at the Outer Harbor including bike ferry and other venues along the waterfront, it is important to note that Times Beach is a bird and nature sanctuary. Please do not bring pets and bicycles into this natural habitat preserve!
For more information about Erie County's Habitat Restoration efforts, contact Vicki Haas at Vicki.Haas@erie.gov
Last updated: June 6, 2016 9:23am