BUFFALO, NY - The Western New York Land Conservancy has announced plans to turn the old DL&W Rail Corridor in downtown Buffalo into a public trail and park.

The land, owned by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, runs for a mile and a half through downtown, extending from the Buffalo River across from Solar City, to the DW&L Terminal near Canalside.

"We would like to see this formerly industrial landscape become a place where people can reconnect with nature and each other. This fall we began meeting with neighbors and community leaders to start a conversation about what this rail corridor could become. One possibility is an inspiring and environmentally-friendly trail and linear park," said Executive Director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, Nancy Smith in a released statement.

Sara Heidinger, President of the Old First Ward Community Center, says, "Not only will it be a place to relax and enjoy the beautiful green paths, it will be a way to create a more walkable, bikeable community and connect neighbors together."

For more information on the proposed park, you can check out the Land Conservancy's page here.

The Land Conservancy is also looking for input regarding the park, and encourages residents to take their survey.

Comments and suggestions can be sent to info@wnylc.org or phoned in to (716) 687-1225.