Erie Harbor Enhancements Project

About the Project

The Erie Harbor Enhancement project- in coordination with both the private redevelopment of the former River Park Commons housing site and the reconstruction of Mt. Hope Avenue-intends to enhance public pedestrian access, sightlines, recreational value and scenic quality of the area; complete the area's renewal; and express its identity as a waterfront amenity.

 The project includes:

  1. Design and construction of enhanced public pedestrian access along three public access easements, across the redevelopment site, to link the adjacent neighborhood with the Genesee River/Erie Canal waterfront. Additionally, streetscape improvements are being installed along the west side of Mount Hope Avenue. 
  2. Public art competition resulting in the selection, fabrication and installation of artwork.
  3. Design for future implementation of coordinated improvements to Genesee Gateway Park, a twelve acre riverfront park and promenade, extending from the Ford Street Bridge to 151 Mt. Hope Avenue. Future construction is dependent on completion of environmental remediation (now underway) and additional funding. 
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Project Area

The project area consists of Genesee Gateway Park, part of the Genesee Riverway Trail, part of the Mt. Hope Avenue right-of-way, and three public access easements that are located between the Genesee River/Erie Canal and the west curbline of Mt. Hope Avenue, from the north side of Ford Street to the south property line of 151 Mt. Hope Avenue.    

Download a map of the project area

Learn More

Check out the Learn more about the history of the project site.project boards to learn more details on the history of the project site, the proposed changes, and more.

Project Funding

Design and construction of the first phase of construction and public art, (components 1 and 3 above) is provided under Title 11 of the New York State Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program through the New York State Department of State, whose review and approval is required at each phase. The project budget includes up to $150,000 for public art and $500,000 for phase one construction.

Project Schedule

A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on July 26, 2012, click here to view photos of the event.  Construction of the public improvements is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2012.


If you would like more information on the Erie Harbor Enhancement Project, please contact the City's project manager, Ms. JoAnn Beck, at (585) 428-6601, or email her.