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Groundbreaking for Squaw Island Improvements

By Anthea Passmore

Buffalo, NY – Assemblyman Sam Hoyt and Mayor Anthony Masiello broke ground Monday for an improvement project at Squaw Island. The project will see the construction of a gateway, improved signage and landscaping.

The groundbreaking at Squaw Island was held against the backdrop of heavy equipment clearing vegetation and debris away from the the site. The project calls for improvements to the entranceway to the island, making it more visible in hopes of attracting more visitors. Hoyt said Squaw Island is difficult to locate and yet it is one of Western New York's best kept secrets.

"The fact is that most people in Western New York are unaware that we have this beautiful park," Hoyt said. "Very few access it as a result."

The improvements include a new gateway to the entrance, better signage so visitors can locate the island and landscaping and beautification of the area off Niagara Street. At the north end of the island, improvements will be made to bike trails. Mayor Masiello said improvement projects such as this are examples of the improvements in Buffalo.

"This city is coming back because of great partnerships, great relationships and people's understanding that this is a good place to live," Masiello said.

Completion of the Squaw Island improvements is anticipated to be the end of June 2006.