Sunday, June 8, 2008

A grand reopening



The grand opening of the Erie Beach section of the Friendship Trail on May 31 was a grand event. Dubbed Picnic in the Park, more than 100 people came out to check out the festivities, which featured a carousel, several displays and a barbecue, along with the usual parade of dignitaries. Jane Davies of the Fort Erie Historical Museum recounted the history of Fort Erie Grove and the old amusement park which stood on the site until 1930.

2 comments:

Mecca said...

Wow! That was great. I have heard stories about what used to be at Erie Beach, but the visuals you have provided make it that much more real. I visit Waverly Beach on occasion (I'm from Buffalo), and it never ceases to intrigue my imagination and sense of history. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

my husband and I went on this trail for the first time. We didn't know what it was in its hayday, but we knew it had to be something grand by the few remnants that we saw. We went on your web site and were just amazed at what we read and really wished it was still there to experience. Information plaques and pictures placed at appropriate spots along the trail would be a great way to explain the history of this area so you know what you are seeing when you see the remnants of long ago. It was sooo interesting to read the history behind it, it would be a shame not to keep the history alive. Please consider placing information plaques along the walk to show visitors what they are seeing when they look at old steps and foundations and fountains etc. This is great, I wish I could go back in time to see it all.

Bill and Sandy