Buffalo Outer Harbor Parkway Industrial Heritage Trail
Situated on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor on the Lake Erie waterfront, the Outer Harbor Parkway is a transformational project for the City’s formerly industrial waterfront. The Industrial heritage trail is the recreational, cultural and historic spine that links parks and interperative sites along the boulevard’s 3.5 mile length. The trail celebrates the areas rich history and puts in place an armature of recreational amenity for future development.
Buffalo’s waterfront has a formidable history: Home to the Lackawanna and Bethlehem steel industries, steel innovation and production occurred on a massive scale. Buffalo’s Outer Harbor was pivotal in forwarding grain to national and international markets. Grain was transferred from the Great Lakes to the railroad network and the Erie Canal to the world. To store the grain, the American grain elevator was invented here – a form of industrial architecture that came to characterize the waterfront. The design pallette inspired by steel, grain and ecology is rooted in the site’s industrial past while utilizing contemporary forms and construction technologies.