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Buffalo Outer Harbor Parkway Industrial Heritage Trail

The trail is a celebration of the rich industrial history which characterized Buffalo's waterfront.
The trail is a celebration of the rich industrial history which characterized Buffalo’s waterfront.

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.

Industrial- scale signage and place naming assists in the formation of a cohesive and vibrant sense of place.
Industrial- scale signage and place naming assists in the formation of a cohesive and vibrant sense of place.

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.

Informational signage and orientation kiosks recall the former grain silos.
Informational signage and orientation kiosks recall the former grain silos.
Grain Elevator Plaza includes paving engraved with the names of the demolished grain elevators.
Grain Elevator Plaza includes paving engraved with the names of many of the historic grain elevators which once stood nearby.