Living Shorelines at Hyde Park
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper recently implemented a Living Shoreline project located in Hyde Park in the City of Niagara Falls. Hyde Park is a large municipal park with Hyde Park Lake and Gill Creek as its central features. The park provides an array of recreational opportunities including an 18-hole golf course, baseball field, skate park, and tennis courts. The Living Shoreline project begins to address the ongoing bank erosion that can be seen along much of Hyde Park Lake. The project restores habitat along the shoreline and helps to address the lake’s poor water quality and algae blooms which have also been a concern in recent years.
The Living Shoreline project is located along the southeast portion of Hyde Park Lake, adjacent to the former rose garden, in an area that improves approximately 600 feet of shoreline. The project will enhance the park experience for residents and visitors, while also improving water quality and providing critical habitat for wildlife species including warmwater fish, bats, waterfowl, songbirds, and amphibians.
The following improvements were implemented as part of this project:
- New grading to create a gentle slope along the shoreline, improving connectivity between the land and water;
- Creation of diverse habitat types including cattail marsh, woodland glade, meadow, and aquatic;
- Plantings of over 1,300 native plants along the shoreline and in the water to protect the shoreline from erosion, improve water quality by absorbing pollutants and adding oxygen to the water, and providing important habitat for a variety of species; and
- Creation of habitat complexity in the water and along nearshore areas to reduce erosive forces from reaching the shore, and to provide critical resting, spawning, feeding, and nursery habitat for fish, and perching areas for birds. This was achieved through strategic placement of boulders, plants, and woody material.
This Living Shoreline project was funded by the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee and implemented with the help and support of our partners: LDC Construction Inc, Applied Ecological Services Inc, Ducks Unlimited, and the City of Niagara Falls.
Questions about this project?
phone: Emily Sadowski at (716) 852-7483, extension 16