Going to the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que could soon be about more than ribs.
The city is moving forward with building the Promenade at Erie Harbor. It would have a pedestrian walkway that would cradle the Dinosaur, connecting the Court St. Bridge and the promenade.
The boardwalk would be 465 feet long and run along the Johnson Seymour Mill Race, which dates back to the early 1800s. The city is exploring using the race for electricity. Construction on an adjacent park is expected to start this summer. The lot is now an unused mix of gravel and grass.
The promenade would be connected to the Genesee Riverway Trail and eventually the ROC Skatepark could be its immediate neighbor. Planners have likened it to Corn Hill Landing’s boardwalk.
The Promenade at Erie Harbor project is expected to cost about $2.5 million. The city sent out a request for proposals for the design phase, which will cost $480,000. The state is picking up some of the tab.
On the one hand, it seems like the pedestrian bridge is a bit unnecessary. Can’t people walk around the corner to get to the promenade? On the other hand, the bridge is supposed to provide beautiful views of the river and mill race.
Would these kinds of amenities encourage you to visit downtown more often?