I really enjoyed my visit to Mutual Riverfront Park last September. I had been reading about the park’s progress — and watching the development through photos — on Buffalo Rising (here, here, and here), so I made sure to add it to our list of things to do. We weren’t disappointed.
The park itself is nice — brick walkways, a beautiful entrance (as you can see in the photo above with Paul), benches, and some historical markers. The kind of stuff you’d expect to see in a brand new park.
However, what really sets it apart is its location on the water, very close to a set of grain elevators.
I love Buffalo’s grain elevators. (I especially like when the old structures are shown juxtaposed against a modern skyline. That view isn’t shown in this post, but take my word for it — very cool.)
As you can see, you can walk along the waterfront and get closer to the elevators. I’d never been this close to one before visiting this park.
Paul and I followed the path and walked along some railroad tracks. There is technically a sign (on a wide open fence) that said something along the lines of No Trespassing, but, well…the possibility of getting closer to the elevators was way too enticing. And there was nobody else around. And Paul and I are completely trustworthy. We just wanted to look.
That’s how I got this shot. It’s one of my favorites that I’ve taken in Buffalo so far.
I also got a photo of Paul at the base of the closest elevator (we didn’t venture too far into the No Trespassing zone). It’s actually one of the smaller ones I’ve seen, so you can imagine their scale.
I’ve since read about a number of events that have been held (or start off) at Mutual Riverfront Park, so I’m sure there will be other opportunities to visit in the future. Not only that, but the setting would be great for a picnic lunch on a warm day.