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2016-11-17 / Front Page

Tower binoculars added to Chestnut Ridge Park

by CHRIS GRAHAM
Editor


Bill Even, a member of the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy, looks out on the view from the toboggan hill at Chestnut Ridge Park, as Justine LeFauve, president of the conservancy, peers through the newly installed tower binoculars. 
Photo by Chris GrahamPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Bill Even, a member of the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy, looks out on the view from the toboggan hill at Chestnut Ridge Park, as Justine LeFauve, president of the conservancy, peers through the newly installed tower binoculars. Photo by Chris GrahamPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The views of Lake Erie and the Buffalo skyline will be enhanced for all visitors to Chestnut Ridge Park thanks to the placement of tower binoculars in the park.

The binoculars have been placed between the toboggan chutes and the casino to provide a clear view of the scenery. Similar binoculars are positioned at Niagara Falls and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

The binoculars were installed on Nov. 10. They are a gift of the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy.

“The Chestnut Ridge Conservancy approached the Erie County Parks Department with a suggestion to put the binoculars here on the hill to observe the lake, downtown view and the trees,” said Daniel Rizzo, commissioner of parks, recreation and forestry.

The binoculars are free to use.

Bill Even, a member of the conservancy, said the idea to bring the binoculars to Chestnut Ridge was that of fellow member Paul Maurer.

“Paul brought it up, and it was a great idea,” Even said. “It’s not obtrusive, and it’s portable. It makes a great view even better.”

Rizzo said that with the amount of visitors the park gets during the year, it was a smart choice to install the binoculars.

During the winter, the pad that the binoculars are on will be moved back so as not to disrupt the sledding hill.

Rizzo said the county could be open to adding more binoculars if they are well-received.

With a new way to appreciate the park, Rizzo believes the binoculars will draw in more people.

“Coming to the park now when they realize this is here to look out over the trees. ... It’ll be a beautiful sight,” he said.

Even said he doesn’t think it will take long for parkgoers to check out the view.

“After the wet paint sign comes off, I’d believe within the next hour.”

For more information on the binoculars, visit www.chestnutridgeconservancy.org.

email: cgraham@beenews.com

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