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Amherst Central Park

After more than a year of listening to constituents, identifying constraints and planning a path forward, we are now beginning to set in motion the development of Amherst Central Park. Through many meetings with constituents and a thorough analysis, the town has identified the following needs:

  • The majority of the Westwood property becomes a park.
  • Improved ball diamonds and fields.
  • Westwood Clubhouse preserved as Town Arts and Cultural Center.
  • Develop a sports and wellness facility.
  • Indoor field house for town/school district.
  • Define a future for our municipal golf programs

Park Design Workshop with Stakeholders

First Draft Plans - August 6, 2020:

Dover, Kohl & Partners led a series of workshop meetings held the week of June 29th to July 2nd. The plans and video show the progress of this work presented to the Town Board on July 2nd. These ideas are currently being reviewed by the Amherst Central Park Task Force.

Approximate length of the video is 1 hour.


In order to achieve our objectives and meeting these needs, the Town of Amherst is seeking to alienate the parkland currently known as the Audubon Recreational Complex, which consists of the Northtown Center, Audubon Golf Course and Audubon Par 3 Course. Facilitating a land swap and partnering with private sector developers will be the most cost-effective way to achieve these goals for the town.

The town plans to retain an 18-hole golf course either on site or elsewhere within the town. It is possible that some portions of the golf course will remain — perhaps reduced to a nine- or six-hole facility — and will be rededicated as parkland. New football and softball fields will be replaced in kind with proceeds derived from the sale of Audubon. The hockey facility will functionally stay the same. Proceeds of this transaction will also be used to offset the construction of a fifth ice pad at the facility.

The town has identified Westwood and Muir Woods for property to replace (exceed, actually) from an acreage standpoint. With the designation of this property as parkland upon acquisition, there will be an additional area of between 300 and 400 acres added to the town’s inventory of parkland. The Town of Amherst will still own the land at Audubon, and it is still zoned Recreation Conservation, so the town still controls the conversation of land use, park planning and any future development in this area.

first image from the current westwood site
second image from the current westwood site
third image from the current westwood site
fourth image from the current westwood site

Planning Process/Concept Plans

The Town has hosted a series of committee meetings this summer to discuss and brainstorm the many facets of the Amherst Central Park project. If you would like to provide input on this project, please consider attending:

  • Amherst Central Park Public Meeting
    Thursday September 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm
    Getzville Fire Department Banquet Hall
    630 Dodge Road
    Amherst, NY

Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP)

The Town of Amherst will utilize the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program process laid out by the Department of State to plan for recreation, land use, and environmental needs along Tonawanda Creek and Ellicott Creek.  Amherst has already created waterfront amenities enjoyed by the public such as trails, parks and passive recreation areas, but many opportunities still exist.

The transformation of the former westwood country club into amherst central park is one of the main focal points of amherst’s lwrp effort.  Centrally located in the town and comprised of 170+ acres, this site offers an unprecedented opportunity to create a beautiful natural resource that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.  Its vast ellicott creek frontage provides pastoral settings for many types of recreation. 

In December 2018, the town was awarded a $75,000 planning grant to continue work being done on the LWRP. This funding will assist us as we continue to plan our LWRP and Amherst Central Park.

Town of Amherst Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

Past Westwood Neighborhood Project

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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