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In 2020, the team of W Architecture, Hood Design Studio, and Green Shield Ecology were selected to lead the Concept and Schematic Design phase of The Riverline. This year-long process built upon the Community Vision Plan, design ideas competition, and Equitable Development Framework and additional conversations with the community to produce a concept for The Riverline as a refuge, with a series of natural public spaces tailored to their surroundings. Finalized in the summer of 2021, you can see their renderings of various locations along the trail below. 

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The Moore Street Gateway will welcome visitors to The Riverline at the trail’s downtown end and connect to the Niagara River Greenway.

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The Chicago Street Welcome Garden will be a place for neighbors of all generations to connect nature and one another.

The Del Refuge will provide an immersive and accessible experience in nature for all.

The Mackinaw Street Play Garden will provide children and families with a unique experience in a structured, yet natural play space.

The Junctures Neighborhood Connector will be a soaring bridge that provides an inspiring new perspective and connection to the Buffalo River.

The Smith Street Gateway will lead visitors to the section of The Riverline adjacent to Red Jacket Riverfront Natural Habitat Park.

The Half Bridge Overlook sits where The Riverline meets the Buffalo River, providing dramatic views and anchoring it to the area’s industrial heritage.

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