Modified: February 28, 2019 1:22pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz today joined President and CEO of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc., David Swarts to announce a county funding commitment of $2.5 million to support the Botanical Gardens’ planned expansion plan that would add 36,000 square feet of space for a butterfly conservatory, state‐of‐the‐art educational classrooms, new exhibits and grow houses, event spaces and more. The commitment builds on prior county investments at the Botanical Gardens, including an investment of approximately $3.5 million for extensive upgrades and improvements to historic Greenhouses 2 and 3. Completed in 2016, those improvements included steel refurbishment and replacement, foundation and masonry repair, wood restoration and replacement, and complete glass replacement along with other significant improvements.
“The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens are a unique and irreplaceable asset owned by the people of Erie County. Now well over a century old and seeing increased visitation every year, this historic treasure will see a rebirth as new greenhouses, meeting spaces and classrooms are added to ensure its educational and conservational role far into the future,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “Investments such as these reaffirm our commitment to the Gardens as well as to the people of Erie County, demonstrating once again that we support our cultural institutions and embrace their role in improving our quality of life. I urge Chairman Savage and the Legislature to approve this funding and I look forward to working with President Swarts as this plan moves forward.”
Botanical Gardens President and CEO David Swarts added, “The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has been a cultural asset in Western New York since 1900 and we are extremely grateful for the support and significant commitment Erie County Executive Poloncarz is making to this project. The Botanical Gardens has been experiencing record growth in recent years and annually welcome over 140,000 visitors to enjoy our architectural beauty, connect with a unique horticulture collection, and participate in educational programs. The Society continues to discuss the plan with public and private funders and will be contracting with local firms to conduct an environmental impact study (SEQR), a traffic study, and a land survey assessment.”
For more information:
On the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, visit https://buffalogardens.com/
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