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ECHDC Meets & Approves Canalside Wayfinding & Interpretive Signage Project Design more...

ECHDC and Assemblyman Sean Ryan Announce New Public Art Display Coming to the Buffalo Outer Harbor more...

ECHDC Announces a Unique Opportunity to Be a Part of the Renaissance of Buffalo's Waterfront more...

ECHDC Announces Applications Open for Programming and Events at Canalside more...

ECHDC Meets and Approves Contract to Advance Canalside Interpretive Structures Project more...

ECHDC Announces Selection of Be Our Guest, Ltd. to Manage Public Space and Events 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

Thousands gathered at the Outer Harbor and Canalside to watch the dazzling 4th of July fireworks display sponsored by Russell J. Salvatore. For a list of more activities at the waterfront visit: outerharborbuffalo.com and canalsidebuffalo.com. Photo credit to Buffalo Aerial Productions.