LAWMAKERS ANNOUNCE STATE GRANT FOR SCENIC OVERLOOK PROJECT IN CITY OF TONAWANDA
City of Tonawanda to Receive $136,000 of State Funding to Support Installation of Erie Canal Scenic Overlook
TONAWANDA, N.Y. – Today, June 15, 2023, New York State Senator Sean Ryan and Assemblymember Bill Conrad announced $136,000 of funding from New York State to support the revitalization of an existing swing bridge abutment for use as a scenic overlook to the Erie Canal and the historic swing bridge in the City of Tonawanda. The grant is part of $24.3 million of funding awarded to 56 municipalities and not-for-profit organizations across New York to support park improvements, heritage area enhancements, and historic preservation projects.
The project, which is currently under progress, will complement the City of Tonawanda’s ongoing efforts to address the reduction of shoreline located along the Empire State Trail. It will increase access to the waterfront area that surrounds the City of Tonawanda, and will include stabilization of the existing abutment to provide a viewing area with landscaping, lighting, cultural and historical interpretation, a fishing access point, and a resting area for trail users.
Senator Sean Ryan said, “The Erie Canal is the crown jewel of the City of Tonawanda, and the City has put a lot of effort into making the area around it more accessible. This project will provide people who are already out riding their bikes or walking along the Shoreline Trail another scenic spot to stop and take in the beauty of the canal.”