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Canalside Opens Summer Season with Central Wharf Extension

7/1/2011- In another sign of its ongoing commitment to providing what the public wants on the waterfront, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today opened a temporary extension to the Central Wharf and a new waterfront food shack. The wharf extension adds an additional 400 feet of waterfront access and establishes a crucial link along the water between the Inner and Outer Harbors via the Ohio Street Corridor. Food at the waterfront was among the top three items requested by the public during outreach sessions held in the fall and winter of 2010.

“We are getting things done on the waterfront,” said ECHDC President Thomas P. Dee. “I ask anyone who wants tangible proof of progress to come down to Canalside this weekend. You will be able to enjoy a full weekend of events, grab a bite to eat, and stroll, bike or run down a Central Wharf that has been more than doubled in size. This is real Western New York, and it is yours, so I encourage you to come to the waterfront and enjoy it.”

"People are looking for greater access to the water's edge and it is happening - here at the inner harbor, at the outer harbor with the new Parkway and along the Buffalo River with the new River Fest park," said Congressman Brian Higgins. "Small steps are leading to great progress on Buffalo's waterfront." 

“There is no denying that Canalside is alive with activity,” said Erie County Executive Chris Collins.  “And if you have not experienced it for yourself, there is no better time than this Independence Day weekend.  The expansion of the Central Wharf and the ability for visitors to now grab refreshments on site is proof positive that waterfront development is happening.”
“This is another great day for Buffalo's emerging waterfront,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. ”All of these recent improvements including the central wharf extension and the food shack are on City of Buffalo land and it was my pleasure to make this land available for these significant developments.”

The Central Wharf extension is open in order to quickly provide the public with access to the waterfront. C. Destro Development Co. was awarded the contract in the beginning of May and completed the work in time for the start of the summer season at Canalside. 

“Clinton’s Dish” a new takeout food shack was unveiled today, filling a void that has been present since Canalside opened in 2008. Visitors will be able to enjoy breakfast lunch and dinner from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. The facility, which is operated by Brand-On Services, Inc., will also serve wine and beer. The name for the venue was chosen as part of a contest that attracted more than 650 submissions. The facility is constructed in part from recycled wood from a 100 year old barn. ReUse Action, a team of restoration carpenters specializing in reclaimed materials, worked on construction of the new eatery. 

The opening of the Central Wharf extension and “Clinton's Dish” launch the start of daily summer programming at Canalside. Starting today and continuing through September 5, there will be at least one activity per day at Canalside. This weekend there will be a series of historic re-enactors, concerts, children’s programming, yoga classes and Buffalo’s official Fourth of July celebration. All these events are free to the public. An interactive calendar is available a, along with a printable guidebook. 

Images and video from today’s press conference can be found on ECHDC’s YouTube and Flickr pages. 

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation is a subsidiary agency of Empire State Development Corporation whose vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty.