Located at 249 Ohio St. along the Buffalo River, 200 feet east of the Michigan Ave. life bridge, Buffalo River Fest Park is a three-acre public access area that gives members of the Buffalo community a place to go and relax with family and friends all year round.
Opened in June 2011, Buffalo River Fest Park was the beginning of the redevelopment along the shore of the Buffalo River. Once a bustling area for the shopping of goods and grain, the river fell victim to a period of decline as industries disappeared from the waterfront.
Buffalo River Fest Park initiated new opportunities, accommodating both the lake freighters to serve the remaining elevators, and introducing the river as a recreational venue for rowing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boating. Rather than the vast industrial wasteland with overgrown weeds and debris, Buffalo River Fest Park claimed three acres and has now become a beautifully landscaped park.
Soon to open is a one story brick lodge that will serve as a restaurant and banquet venue. The building will also feature exterior public restrooms and numerous photos and memorabilia of the area’s rich history.
The park features boat docks, a wharf, a boardwalk, trails and gardens, an amphitheater and interpretive signage.