Times Beach Public Access Design & Construction

Buffalo, NY

Applied Expertise

  • Interpretive Planning
  • Parks and Open Space
  • Trails
  • Waterfront


Located within sight of the downtown Buffalo skyline, 50-acre Times Beach was a public bathing beach that closed in the 1940s. The Army Corps of Engineers used the site as a disposal site for material dredged from the Buffalo River, constructing dikes to isolate it from Lake Erie. In the 1970s the Buffalo Ornithological Society prevailed upon the Corps to dispose of the dredge elsewhere to protect important bird habitats and migratory stopover areas. More than 230 species of bird have been sighted at Times Beach and there are at least 30 resident species.

peter j. smith & company, inc. prepared a plan for public access and interpretation that retained the natural setting and tells the stories of the human and natural history associated with Times Beach. With two phases completed, Times Beach is now a well-loved gem on the Buffalo waterfront and features bird watching blinds, stone paths, and an extensive network of boardwalks, overlooks and interpretive signs. “Green” building materials, such as recycled concrete stone paving and recycled plastic and wood decking, were used whenever feasible.