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Amherst Central Park

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Centrally located in the Town of Amherst and comprised of 171-acres, Amherst Central Park will soon become a premier community asset as the Town transforms the parcel to become a safe and inclusive space for individuals of all ages to play, learn, reflect, gather, engage and enjoy in perpetuity.


Master Plan

The Amherst Central Park Plan derived from a multi-year participatory planning process involving municipal leaders, residents, community stakeholders and consultants. The developed plan boasts a multi-use park drawing on natural resources, environmental sciences, the fine arts, recreation and historic preservation.

Amherst Central Park Concept Plan (October 2, 2023)

Amherst Central Park Master Plan (May 15, 2023)

Park Design Workshop: June-July 2020

To initiate the planning Dover, Kohl & Partners led a series of workshop meetings during the week of June 29 to July 2 in 2020. The following plans and video recording show the progress of the workshop and a presentation to the Town Board.

Approximate length of the video is 1 hour.

Town Board Actions

Planned Unit Development, Amherst Central Park, SP-2023-11
Acquisition of former Westwood Country Club

Consisting of 171-acres and described as 772 North Forest Road, SBL # 68.01-1-1 and 68.010-1-1.2, 385 Maple Road, SBL #55.18-4-9 and 391 Maple Road, SBL #55.18-4-10

Alienation of Parkland

The Amherst Central Park plan was developed with consideration of including the Audubon Recreation Center in the overall concept to create a 325-acre center of community recreation and civic life.

The Town of Amherst alienated 93 acres of parkland that was part of the Audubon Recreational Complex. The following are documents related to the alienation.

Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

The Town of Amherst is forming a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (“LWRP”) in accordance with a process established by the New York State Department of State. The plan provides guidance for recreation, land use, and environmental needs along Tonawanda Creek and Ellicott Creek, which borders the Amherst Central Park project. Use the following link to learn more about the LWRP and the planning process.

Town of Amherst Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

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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