Design Placeholder for Broderick Park

Although not recognized as the official park renderings (yet), the latest placeholder for the upcoming Broderick Park public meeting has come through. I would imagine that this is the rendering that we will most likely see unveiled at the meeting as the initial direction that design firm Trowbridge, Wolf and Michaels Landscape Architects LLP is heading. 

You will note that although there are some similarities to the previous released designs (seen here), and there is now a vehicular ‘turn around’ feature that is similar to the sort of thing that we see at the end of the Erie Basin Marina. You will also notice that that parking spaces have been moved away from the river on the left hand side of the rendering. No matter where the parking spots are positioned, unless there is stepped up security at the park they will be used for illicit activity… and that is a major concern presented by BRO readers. It’s the same issue that LaSalle Park faces. If the general public is going to be using these park amenities, they must be kept clean and safe. 
Don’t forget about the Bird Island Pier!

The first public meeting will be held on the West Side of Buffalo:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
6:00-8:00 P.M.
The Belle Center
104 Maryland Street (corner of Busti)
Buffalo

The second public meeting will be scheduled in June. 

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Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

14 comments
JM
JM

I don't know where my comments went in the last one but those renderings do have a boardwalk, they are just hard to see. The one they linked to was poor resolution but you could make it out a little bit in the attached version.

grad94
grad94

glad to see that this iteration leaves the waterfront promenade intact instead of obstructing it with trees. instead, regularly planted trees should line the promenade on the grass side as opposed to the railing side.

DeanerPPX
DeanerPPX

To be fair, the entrance to the park is less than inviting. You need to go down under the 190 via a dark, noisy, unwelcoming viaduct on W Ferry from Niagara St, then cross a potentially frightening lift bridge across the channel, and are greeted by drab parking lots and signs pointing to the Waste Water Treatment Facility. /Nothing/ about it screams picnic or amphitheater (not that the rats scurrying about under the pier help either).

An attractive gateway at the intersection of Niagara and Ferry would be a nice addition to the park, even if it isn't part of the park proper. Perhaps, since that is in the middle of the Rich Foods complex, Rich's could be persuaded to contribute somewhat toward the 'exterior design' of an otherwise hidden location.

JnnTO
JnnTO

Thanks, DeanPPX. Arch, your comment is incredibly shortsighted and elitist. Do you want initiatives like this to be successful? I would expect so. It's not asking a lot to include an address in these posts. And to DeanPPX's point - why bother spending money to improve an area without increasing signage and letting people know these places exist? Guess what, Arch? Most people live in the suburbs - so it's best that you treat them nicely. It's their money and foot-traffic that can make a difference in Buffalo. If they don't know where something is, tell them about it - don't judge them for not going into the city. There's a massive part of Buffalo that's a ghetto and I don't blame them for not hopping in their car and exploring blindly.

And I'd also like to point out, I now live in Toronto. I can assure you, no one in Toronto - a city who's tourists are helping keep Buffalo afloat, have any idea where this is.

DeanerPPX
DeanerPPX

In JnnTO's defense, directional signage to Broderick Park and the pier really should be a part of the project. Increasing awareness of their existence would attract more people and hopefully counteract some of the illicit activity.

Even Front Park and LaSalle Park suffer from this problem. Most people know they exist, but they are underutilized because so many folks don't have a clue how to get to them.

This is awful to say, but it's not only the suburbanites that are woefully unaware of many of the amenities this city has to offer. As a child, my Dad worked at the Sewer Authority, so I have many fond memories of visiting the park and pier with my Mom while waiting for him to get off of work (super fun when the ice boom was released, watching the seagulls ride the ice floes down the river, lol). But I was stunned as an adult when visiting the Erie Basin Marina with a lifelong Buffalo resident who was incredulous that people were walking out on the pier. He lived here his whole life and never knew it was accessible until I took him out there.

If somebody who lives in the city doesn't know about the place, how can we expect suburbanites or even out of town visitors to come appreciate it? Sure they can google it or find their way on a streetmap, but only if they already want to go there.

Something as simple as a few 'brown signs' on Niagara St and the 190 would be able to direct people toward the park, if not at least advertise the fact that it is actually there. Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve the park without budgeting at least a couple hundred bucks to put up a couple signs to direct people toward it so they can appreciate it?

Arch
Arch

W. Ferry Street? Keep going until you hit Niagara River...Suburbanite.

JnnTO
JnnTO

It would be really helpful if Buffalo Rising would add addresses or intersections. Believe it or not, most people in Buffalo never venture to these areas because of poor signage, and frankly - most have the impression nothing is going on outside of the malls, Elmwood, and occasionally things downtown.

Modernist Architect
Modernist Architect

What a bland and unoriginal design. Can't we do better than this? I agree with Publius. The parking is what harbors illicit activity. The park should be closed to vehicular traffic.

Publius
Publius

Looks great.

How about incorporating more on-street parking along the park's access roads so as to reduce the land consumption by parking lots?

davvid
davvid

If this is only a placeholder design maybe the current landscape architect should collaborate with a more inspired ecology-minded designer (like SCAPE, Fritz Haeg Studio or Ants of the Prarie) to develop this further and create something unique.

16thStreet
16thStreet

I like it but if it's infested with that many ghosts, pfft, you won't find me there.

iwedgewood27
iwedgewood27

The concept is a little blah. Not saying I have any better ideas, but the offerings can be found on grand island, City of Tonawanda canal area, Town of Tonawanda Sheridan park....etc.

elmdog
elmdog

always thought Bird island pier needs an upgrade as well

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