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RFP - Operation and Maintenance of First Buffalo River Marina more...

ECHDC Approves Contract for Canalside Wayfinding and Interpretive Signage Project more...

Buffalo Outer Harbor’s Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Projects Moving Forward more...

RFP - Canalside Public Space Management more...

RFP - Long-Term Operations & Maintenance of the Permanent Lighting Installation of the Connecting Terminal more...

ECHDC and Buffalo River History Tours Launch the New Harbor Queen Tour Boat more...

Buffalo Heritage Carousel, the City of Buffalo and ECHDC Announce Agreement to Provide Future Site for Historic Carousel at Canalside more...

ECHDC Announces LeChase Construction to Manage Construction of Children’s Museum at Canalside more...

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Welcome to the ECHDC Website

Governor Andrew Cuomo recognizes that Buffalo's waterfront is a unique asset that must be fully utilized to attract people and businesses to our community. The Governor's vision for a redeveloped waterfront is becoming a reality through the work of the Empire State Development and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC).

As a result, our waterfront is being transformed with multiple locations for people to access and enjoy the water's edge. This year more than one million people will visit Canalside for concerts, exercise, family activities, relaxation and food. Right now, the area's historic canals are being recreated to provide a centerpiece for growing public and private projects. When winter comes, you will see skaters gliding along the newly built canals, much as they do in similar historic locations in Canada and Europe. Further, the Outer Harbor is now home to the first New York State park to be located in the City of Buffalo. The newly named Buffalo Harbor State Park is another site that invites residents and visitors to enjoy recreation and relaxation on the waterfront.

There are 1,000 events and activities planned for Canalside this year, so make sure you stay plugged in by heading to our website at www.canalsidebuffalo.com. The website will keep you up-to-date on the ECHDC projects underway, provide information for local history lovers and showcase a wide variety of photos that focus on Buffalo's new waterfront experience.

We are proud to invite you to visit Buffalo's waterfront, a year round destination with something for everyone to enjoy.


Robert Gioia
Chairman of ECHDC and the Buffalo Waterfront Development Advisory Committee and President of the Oishei Foundation

World's Largest Rubber Duck

The “World’s Largest Rubber Duck” was a big part of Buffalo’s 4th Annual Maritime Festival at Canalside . Crowds flocked to see the duck, enjoy food and music, and check out dozens of antique and classic boats.