Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to enjoy the view at a scenic overlook to be constructed on Mill Road in the Town of Aurora thanks to the successful conclusion of a three-year fundraising effort.
The Friends of Mill Road, in partnership with the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of Aurora, announced that the John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded the Mill Road Scenic Overlook project $75,000, completing the fundraising for the project.
The Mill Road Scenic Overlook property is located on the west side of Mill Road, less than a half mile north of Blakeley, in the Town of Aurora.
The property will be purchased by Dec. 31 and the Town of Aurora will become the owner of the 60-acres. A conservation easement will be held by the Western New York 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.
The project also 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. 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.
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 and volunteer opportunities, visit their website or call 716-687-1225.