Canalside development continues with tugboat playground for kids

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Although much of Canalside’s development time is focused on ways to attract adults for a good time, children are about to get a brand new attraction by the waterfront.

A new tugboat playground structure is under construction at Canalside — and the goal is to offer children a place where imagination can run wild.

“This tugboat is a way to attract a brand new generation of people to the waterfront for active outdoor fun,” Robert Gioia, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation chairman, said. “I’m sure it will be a hit with everyone who comes aboard and casts off on a new adventure that starts at Canalside.

The tugboat will be stationed near the children’s beach, where developers say thousands of children will play. The public is welcome to observe the tug come together on Friday June 5, and enjoy it when it is completed on Saturday June 6.

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