BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — There’s plenty to do when visiting Canalside.
“We love the water and although we don’t live on the beach, we love coming here and eating and drinking on the water,” said Canalside visitor Heather Kurtz.
Not only have others said there’s plenty to do in the summer, one man told 7 News, but he can count on Canalside for year-round activities.
“The water, the ice rink, the port center, the ice bikes in winter”, specifies Michel Capizzi. “Yeah, everything here, they’ve done a great job building this.”
Although Buffalo’s waterfront stretches for miles, not all of the activities and attractions do. Northern District council member Joseph Golombeck says residents of his community deserve more.
“Give us some amenities in the northern part of town along the waterfront, black rock, riverside, unity island and also a long term look at how we can improve this neighborhood for the better,” Golombeck said.
The natural beauty of Buffalo’s waterfront is continuous for miles, but Golombeck thinks the funding doesn’t. He told 7 News that if northern parks restore more funding, they could revitalize the area. Golombeck even spearheaded a resolution calling on state and federal elected officials to develop capital improvement plans.
“I don’t want to compete with what they did downtown, in the outer harbor area, but if we had 10% of what they spend there, we could do this walk,” said Golombeck.
Golombeck said if new amenities were brought to this community, 12,000 to 14,000 people would be within walking distance.
“I just don’t want the northern part of the city of Buffalo, and the northern neighborhood in particular, to be forgotten,” Golombeck said.