LOCKPORT, N.Y. - Nothing says summer quite like sticking your toes in the sand, and there's a new spot in Niagara County where you can do just that.
Rivi-Erie is a new, temporary beach along the Erie Canal right by the public marina on Market Street in Lockport.
The name is a nod to the French Riviera. The people behind it got the idea after seeing a European travel show about "les plages" -- the beaches -- in Paris, France.
"[The show] talked about how the plages are in Paris every summer. Thousands of people flock there. Nobody is swimming in the Seine, and we have the canal. We thought, wouldn't it be a hoot to make a beach in Lockport," said Ellen Martin.
The City of Lockport and Canal Corporation agreed to the idea.
The Grigg-Lewis Foundation gave a $10,000 grant to help the beach idea become a reality.
Ninety tons of sand was dumped to form the beach. There are umbrellas, sand toys, and beach chairs for people to use.
The beach is only supposed to be temporary and will likely be taken down at the end of the summer, but those behind the project hope they can convince the city and Canal Corporation to make it a permanent attraction.
It's important to note there's no swimming allowed in the Erie Canal.
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