More Ways to Experience Waterfront At Queen City’s 1st State Park

More Ways to Experience Waterfront At Queen City’s 1st State Park

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Harbor State Park is now home to a new restaurant and new ways to get out on the water, and Friday, Charlie’s Boat Yard hosted its grand opening in the former home of Dug’s Dive.

“We appreciate this opportunity to be able to take on what we’re passionate about, and to make a positive impact on our community,” said Mary Goodspeed, who owns the restaurant along with John skipper.

The menu ranges from light fare to entrees and fresh seafood, which customers can enjoy in the renovated dining room or on the new 1,800 square foot patio. They’ve also added an outdoor bar that’s expected to be ready by Memorial Day Weekend.

Charlie’s is even expanding its service beyond the shore, as meals will be delivered directly to boaters who call in their orders with their slip number.

“They have basically doubled the capacity of this great waterfront destination, which is going to work well in terms of a business model, but will also make the waterfront that much more enjoyable for that many more people,” said Rep. Brian Higgins, D-26th District.

Don’t own a boat? It doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Freedom Boat Club has joined Safe Harbor Marina. Those who become members of the club will have unlimited access to one of the four brand new vessels, after taking a training course.

“The time your spending on the boat is on the water with your family and your friends and having fun, because maintaining a boat and making sure you have insurance, and slips and storage is a lot of work and a lot of expense,” said Paul Cannon, owner of Freedom Boat Club of Buffalo. He says members can also access boats from all 110 club locations across the country.

There’s another opportunity to explore the waterfront from the water itself. Outer Harbor Kayaks rental service will be open at the Gallagher Pier on May 21, weather depending.

Work has also begun to rehabilitate the breakwall, which will feature paved walking and bike paths, seating areas and fishing. It’s expected to be complete in September.

“What we’ve seen at Canalside, we’re attempting to develop out here on the Outer Harbor, and that is a desirable place to recreate on the water, to bring people, to picnic, to bring your family, and ultimately, to have multiple events out here so people can enjoy Buffalo’s waterfront,” said Sam Hoyt, Empire State Development Regional president.

More Ways to Experience Waterfront At Queen City’s 1st State Park

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