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Erie County’s Department of Environment & Planning will receive the 2013 Environmental Project of the Year award for its Black Rock Canal Park Project.

The award, from the Western New York branch of the American Public Works Association - an organization of public works professionals – will be presented during the association’s annual banquet next month.

Formerly known as the Ontario Street boat launch and Cornelius Creek Park, the park had been noted by the Black Rock Canal Park Steering Committee as an area needing improvements because of vandalism and an unsafe atmosphere after dark.

When the ribbon was cut on the park last May, improvements included a new roadway turnaround of permeable pavers and granite curbing; the county’s first dog park, which includes a memorial monument dedicated to dogs that have served in law enforcement; and an avian theme with a bicycle path and increased green space.

The park also has numerous “green” features, including LED light fixtures, solar compacting trash cans and bioswales to reduce runoff.

The award promotes excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the partnerships between the managing agency and participating consultants/contractors. Erie County worked with consulting engineer Nussbaumer & Clarke Inc., as well as project landscape architect Trowbridge Wolf Michaels.