Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Park with a View
"What a place to hit a home run! I'd look at the river as I went around the bases."
Buffalo Baseball Team - 1898: one of many teams who enjoyed practicing at Riverside Park for its view of the River. Buffalo was one of the first cities in the nation to have a professional baseball team. Photo courtesy of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society.
Behind you is Riverside Park, created in 1898 on the site of a private picnic ground overlooking the Erie Canal and the Niagara River. Neighbors gathered in the music court for concerts on hot summer nights and strolled the meandering trails, while children fished the minnow pools nestled among a dense grove of trees and played softball in the fields. Photo courtesy of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society.
The park carriage road ended at a footbridge crossing the Erie Canal and leading to the shore of the Niagara River, where steamboats carrying visitors delivered their passengers for a day in the park. The landing gave visitors a commanding view of the bustling boat traffic on The Canal and River. Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
This overlook recreates that magnificent view to the Niagara River, although the scene has changed over time. Views of modern sailboats and fiberglass racing boats may have replaced the view of wooden
Riverside Park was the last park in the public parkway system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted for the City of Buffalo in the late 1800's. The system of informal parklands and formal parkways met the recreational needs of a swelling urban population and provided a framework within which the city would grow. In 1982, the Olmsted Buffalo Parks and Parkways were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Frederick Law Olmsted.
Location. 42° 57.349′ N, 78° 54.675′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Niagara Street (New York State Route 266) and Hotaling Drive, on the right when traveling south on Niagara Street. Click for map. Marker is just south of the intersection at a fenced cement viewing platform. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14207, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Erected by the Grateful People (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of the Sons and Daughters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bernard G. Hitro Jr. Hunting and Fishing off the Porch (approx. 0.6 miles away); Niagara River Corridor / Avian Walk (approx. 0.6 miles away); "The Black Rock" (approx. ¾ mile away); Frenchman's Creek (approx. 1.2 miles away in Canada); St. John's German Cemetery (approx. 2.2 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Buffalo.
Also see . . . Riverside Park - Olmsted in Buffalo. (Submitted on January 26, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.