#GWA2017 Tours | Seeds of Change: The Greening of a City
Seeds of Change: The Greening of a City
Post Conference Tour (Half Day)
Tuesday, August 8, 8:30AM - 1:30PM
Buffalo has been leaping forward into a greener, more eco-sensitive stage as its waterfront and tourism sites evolve. Old grain elevators/silos have become skating rinks, restaurants and kayak launches, and polluted rivers and waterfronts are now native plant parks with art installations. Get a taste of this new urban evolution. The tour includes the Wilson Street Urban Farm, a medical campus bio-retention cell and garden, salvaged waterfront and riverside parks (kayak launch sites) with native plantings, plus glimpses into the historical grain elevators and "silo city." Lunch on your own in a former silo now called Riverworks.
|8:30AM||Depart Hyatt Regency|
|8:50AM - 9:30AM||Wilson Street Farm
This urban farm was created using formerly abandoned lots, providing food for under-served community.
|9:40AM - 10:20AM||Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Bio-Retention Cell
Where a massive parking lot would have produced polluted run-off into distressed city sewer system, now a bio-retention basin planted with native plants manages storm water and improves air quality.
|10:35AM - 11:20AM||Mutual Riverfront Park & Elevator Alley
Visit the native plants oasis along the formerly polluted mouth of the Buffalo River, where a community activist turned an industrial wasteland into a place of beauty; offers views and the story of Buffalo's grain silos, now called "elevator alley".
|11:40AM - 12:40PM||Lunch on your own @ Riverworks, a restaurant in a silo--that now looks like a giant Labatt's Blue Can!|
|12:50PM - 1:20PM||Wilkeson Pointe
Stretch your legs and walk along a naturalistic native plant park, dotted with architectural artifacts repurposed as benches or playground structures. Take one last look at beautiful Lake Earie, beneath a giant wind sculpture.
|1:30PM||Arrive at Hyatt Regency|