Canal Park at SUNY Brockport, NY
Clare Lyster with Valentina Zadro + Donovan Aranda.
Client: New York’s Reimagine the Canals Initiative / New York Power Authority
Team: Buro Happold, New York, John Ronan Architects + CLUAA
The project catalyzes a community around a historic guard gate on the Erie Canal at the SUNY campus in Brockport and links the university and Brockport’s downtown to the Empire State Trail, a 750 mile multi-use trail in Upstate NY. A linear canal park on the north and south banks of the canal awards an integrated canal-side experience, while a four-phase public space plan is envisaged to reorientate the SUNY campus toward the canal over time. The plan is anchored by a new pedestrian bridge over the waterway (John Ronan Architects) alongside the old guard gate.