Spring day reveals major progress at Canalside

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Construction continued through the winter at Canalside in Buffalo, but a beautiful spring day makes it easy to see all of the progress.

The first phase of the Canalside project is already a favorite, and the entire project is slated to be finished by the fall.

Karen Rudnicki said, “We love to come here a lot during the summer.”

And soon visitors will have a lot more to see. The second phase will soon be complete. Water is already in the rebuilt historically aligned canals.

“I think this is the best thing to happen to Buffalo. This whole area. I love the way it’s been reconstructed,” Ron Rudnicki said.

The canal will add more waterside access and there will be shaded seating areas along the way. A Courtyard Mariott is also opening in May at the One Canalside building.

Chris Manuszewski said, “I’m glad that they finally are doing stuff like that. Being kids, we didn’t have this stuff here now to have our own and have them playing here, I like that.”

And food vendors are excited too. It was a packed room at a meeting Thursday afternoon with Canalside’s new management team from Global Spectrum. They’re hoping to bring in bigger crowds this summer.

Canalside General Manager Ryan Coate said, “Programming bigger and better than ever, including our concert series that will start in the middle of June and go through August, as well as working with third party festival producers to bring new festivals to Canalside.”

And it won’t end when the cold weather returns. This year, they hope to turn the canal into a winter wonderland.

“28,000-square feet of ice. So we’ll start to program that in the fall so pubic skating, outdoor ice anything, to kind of activate the winter months,” Coate said.

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