A new 520-foot long dock extension along the Central Wharf at Canalside will double the dock’s length, and allow for up to 40 additional boats to dock there.

“The dock extension will boost seasonal and recreational use of the Buffalo River and Canalside this season,” said Robert Gioia, chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.

The majority of the dock space will have 30 inches of freeboard, to match the existing floating docks. The last 40 feet at the southern end will have a lower profile with 12 inches of freeboard to allow easier access for smaller vessels like kayaks and canoes.

The docks “have proven enormously successful,” said Tom Nowak, president of Great Lakes Watersports Institute, which runs the adaptive watersports program at Canalside.