Niagara River Greenway Plan

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Wendel was retained to prepare a revitalization plan encompassing 35-miles along Niagara River, from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario in New York State. The guiding principles of the plan were set forth by the Niagara River Greenway Commission and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation promote world-class standards, sustainability, accessibility, ecological integrity, and public well-being. The goal of the Plan is to create a connected system of parks, trails, and conservation areas, preserve open space and natural resources, increase public access and recreational spaces, improve connections to the river, interpret historic and cultural resources, and strengthen community vitality.

The Plan authored by Wendel centered around five themes: (1) Gateway Identification; (2) Access/Experiencing/Connecting to the Niagara River; (3) Restoration/Preservation/Enhancement of Unique and Sensitive Resources; (4) Linking Special Places/Destinations; and (5) Heritage/ Tourism/Economic Revitalization.

The Niagara River Greenway Plan included:

  • Designation of the greenway boundary
  • Development of a greenway definition and goals for the Plan
  • Creation of selection criteria for projects to be funded and undertaken along the greenway
  • Design of demonstration projects and project recommendations, and guidelines for operation and maintenance
  • Preparation of a GEIS for the plan


  • 2007 Outstanding Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning American Association of Planning, New York Upstate Chapter, WNY Section
  • 2007 Outstanding Planning Award or Comprehensive Planning American Association of Planning, New York Upstate Chapter
  • 2007 ASLA Honor Award of Excellence American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Upstate Chapter