August 17, 2021

The Riverline

The Riverline, a segment of the elevated former DL&W rail corridor along the Buffalo River, is being transformed into a string of vibrant and engaging experiences in nature that everyone can enjoy—right in the city, only minutes from downtown. W has been working closely with the Western New York Land Conservancy and the community on the design of an evolving landscape that celebrates and grows with the communities. This project is also part of the High Line Network.

The Riverline will be an inspiring gathering place that connects people to water, nature, and one another. It will prioritize native plants and animals, public art, and community; it will inspire curiosity, connections and exploration; and it will help build a healthy, inclusive, and opportunity-rich city with vibrancy in every neighborhood. The Riverline will provide a variety of experiences, natural gardens and places for nature based recreation, exploration, self-discovery and wonder. The variety of place types along the trail have been designed to be appropriate to their surroundings: The Del – where tight-knit neighborhoods come right up to the trail itself; The Junctures – where the legacy of the railroad becomes a place of connection; and The Basswoods – where nature takes center stage. Entrances have also been designed to respect the character of the communities. Gateways provide high profile public access points while neighborhood connectors provide more subtle approaches for those who live along The Riverline.

These designs provide the pathway for taking The Riverline from idea to reality. Visit The Riverline website to find out more.

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