Shoreline Trail

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The Shoreline Trail is a continuous multi-use pathway along Lake Erie and the Niagara River, within both Erie and Niagara Counties.

This page presents Erie County’s portions of the Shoreline Trail:

Beaches Section (Town of Evans)

Sunset View Section (Bethlehem Steel)

Other sections of the Shoreline Trail:

Riverwalk

Outer Harbor/HeritageTrail

Connections to regional and state trails:

Niagara River Greenway

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor


 

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Beaches Section (Town of Evans)


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The Beaches sections of the Shoreline Trail consists of the construction of a multi-use pathway in the Town of Evans. This is part of a larger effort to form a continuous multi-use pathway along Erie County's Lake Erie and Niagara River coast line.

 This area of the County has a wealth of natural, recreational and scenic resources, predominantly running along Evans 13-mile Lake Erie shoreline. Six public parks provide access to Lake Erie including Sturgeon Point Marina, Wendt Beach Park, Bennett Beach, Evans Town Park, Lake Erie Beach and Evangola State Park. Additional assets include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate, and numerous scenic vistas. 

The proposed Evans Multi-use Pathway seeks to connect and expand access to these assets through the introduction of an alternative transportation infrastructure. The pathway will predominantly follow Old Lake Shore Road, a National Scenic Byway and be part of Great Lakes Seaway Trail extending along New York State’s coast line of Lake Erie, Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

To guide this development a concept plan was developed in 2003. Although some details may have changed since the creation of the plan, the overall concept and goal is the same.

 

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Phase III - In Design Now

 

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Phase I - Completed

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Phase 1 is an eight foot wide, off road multiuse pathway extending approximately 1.5 miles from the County’s Wendt Beach Park to Bennett Beach Park, starting at Roat Drive (just south of Wendt Beach Park) parallel to Old Lakeshore Road in the Town of Evans. The trail opened in 2014. It was funded with a combination of federal, state, and county dollars.


 

 

 

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Phase II - Under Construction

 

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An 8 foot off road bicycle path will extend from Erie County’s Bennett Beach Park to the Evans Town Park parallel to Old Lakeshore Road in the Town of Evans. This is a distance of  1.5 miles. The project has been designed but construction is on hold pending road infrastructure investigations. The pathway is being funded through a combination of county and federal sources.






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Sunset View Section (Bethlehem)


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 For the past 30 years, the former Bethlehem Steel property has symbolized our region's heavy industrial decline and has been a blighting influence on the City of Lackawanna and the Buffalo Niagara region in general. This property also created a barrier for Lackawanna residents to access to waterfront amenities.

Erie County obtained a $980,000 Transportation Alternatives Program grant from the NYS Department of Transportation to start the change of the façade of this former steel production property.  This includes a 10 ft. wide, 8,000 ft. long multi-use pathway with green space that will extend along the west side of NYS Route 5 on the former Bethlehem Steel property. It will originate from the existing trail at the Lackawanna/Buffalo municipal line and continue to the light signal at Dona Street.

This section of the Shoreline trail will connect to the previously built Outer Harbor Shoreline Trail, to enable safe access for Erie County residents and visitors to recreational amenities including the proposed Buffalo Harbor State Park, Gallagher Beach, Tifft Nature Preserve and the Times Beach Bird Sanctuary.

Preliminary design has begun. It is anticipated that construction will be completed in 2017.

Thursday, July 14, 2016 (4:30pm to 7:00pm)
City of Lackawanna Council Chambers,
714 Ridge Rd, Lackawanna, NY.   

















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