The Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve
Important Links and Resources
WNY Environmental Alliance Outer Harbor Development Principles
The Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve evolved from a group of citizens and local organizations that began work to recognize the importance of the site in the 1970's. During the 90's the group evolved to advocate for the creation the nature preserve. This group became recognized by government agencies and elected officials as the Times Beach Oversite Committee. In May 2005 the site was officially recognized as a Nature Preserve. Today the Friends of Times Beach includes many of those original citizen activists as well as hundreds of new "friends".
2014 Dedication Ceremony for Founders
In September of 2014 The Friends of Times Beach partnered with Erie County, The City of Buffalo, the USACE, and others to unveil special places including overlooks and trails to honor some of our founders. Read the full story and view photos here.
2014 Rally to Save Times Beach
During the summer of 2014 The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, the state agency that is in charge of planning the development of the Outer Harbor, initiated a short public engagement process that resulted in a "final plan" that promotes intense development and sprawl around the Times Beach Nature Preserve including in Wilkeson Point Park. The Friends of Times Beach opposes this development as we are concerned that it will have negative consequences on the Nature Preserve. On 27 September, 2014 we organized a rally that brought about 125 "friends" of Times Beach to speak and protest against the ECHDC development plan.
More about the rally including photos here