$100 Million Commitment From Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Supports Western New York's Parks & Trails
Now that the Buffalo Waterfront is finally starting to see some real improvements, it’s time for LaSalle Park to be added to the momentum. Forever and a day, LaSalle Park has been the shunned park – the park that was left behind. There were times when it looked as if this waterfront park was going to be invigorated, but then things fell apart, as administrations changed hands.
In recent years, LaSalle Park has seen incremental improvements – shots in the arm – the dog park, a skate park, and a pool investment, but there has been no master plan or vision, until now, thanks to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation (RCWJRF). RCWJRF made a $100 million commitment to support Western New York’s Parks & Trails, including $50 million to transform LaSalle Park into the future Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park.
The Imagine LaSalle Initiative, a partnership between the City of Buffalo, the University at Buffalo Regional Institute (UBRI) and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation (RCWJRF), has been breathing new life into the 90-acre park, by working with community stakeholders and community ambassadors, to roll out a Community Vision Report (released last October)...