Mill Road Scenic Overlook Will be a Reality | Environment
The Friends of Mill Road, in partnership with The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of Aurora, are thrilled to announce that the John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded the project $75,000, bringing a three-year fundraising effort to a successful conclusion.
According to Robert Gioia, president of the foundation, “Our directors were impressed with the community’s commitment to open space planning and the partnership between the Town of Aurora, the Western New York Land Conservancy and the over 300 individual donors who contributed to ensure the protection of the Mill Road site.”
Friends of Mill Road co-chairs Kathy Lasher and Nancy Smith stated, “We are so grateful to the John R. Oishei Foundation for their support. This began very much as a grassroots effort. The success of this project demonstrates the effectiveness of collaboration among public and private interests in planning the future of our communities in a more intentional and focused way.”
The property will be purchased in December and the Town of Aurora will become the owner of the 60 acres. A conservation easement will be held by the Land Conservancy, protecting the site from development in perpetuity. Once design and engineering is completed, the scenic overlook will be constructed, providing a safe pull-off for passing motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the beauty and magic of this spectacular property and its majestic views. A ribbon cutting will be planned for a spring 2014 opening.
According to Mill Road co-chair Kathy Lasher, “This project has also been the beneficiary of a very generous business community.” The project received in-kind donations from William Schutt & Associates for completion of the survey; LaBella Associates PC for completion of the environmental review; Earth Dimensions, Inc. for completion of the baseline documentation report; and C&S Engineers, Inc. will be donating the design of the scenic overlook.
The Friends of Mill Road, a citizens’ group formed in 2010 to raise the funds needed to protect the Mill Road Scenic Overlook, will continue to meet regularly until after the scenic overlook is completed. For more information about the Mill Road Scenic Overlook, please visit www.friendsofmillroad.org or contact Nancy Smith at 432-1777 or email@example.com, or Kathy Lasher at 861-5498 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Western New York Land Conservancy is a not-for-profit land trust that protects over 5,500 acres of land including scenic vistas, forested lands, fragile natural ecosystems, lakefront shorelines and working farms across the eight counties of Western New York. For more information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities or the mission of the Western New York Land Conservancy, please call 687-1225 or visit www.wnylc.org.
The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region through grant making, leadership and network building. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.