Amherst State Park, a ‘hidden gem,’ Gets Some Shine

May 13, 2018
A new 'stone dust' trail in Amherst State Park is designed to encourage visitors to enjoy the 80-acre open public space. Alexa Gavigan, left, and Jessica Szymczak, of Williamsville walked along  the trail on April 30. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
A new “stone dust” trail in Amherst State Park is designed to encourage visitors to enjoy the 80-acre open public space. Alexa Gavigan, left, and Jessica Szymczak, of Williamsville walked along the trail on April 30.

Frequent visitors to Amherst State Park and town officials alike describe the 80 acres of public open space as a “hidden gem.”

Now, the park nestled among dense neighborhoods between Main Street and Sheridan Drive is getting some attention.

Construction of a stone dust trail connecting both sides of the park is nearly complete. Work to restore a historic stone staircase popular for wedding and family photos is expected to begin later this month. And efforts by the town to demolish a deteriorated structure in the area are gaining traction.

The projects are seen as a way to raise the park’s visibility and improve access for families with young children in strollers and people in wheelchairs.

“It’s just an absolute hidden jewel in the town,” said Brian J. Armstrong, assistant municipal engineer for the town. “To think you’ve got this much undisturbed space in our town, once people find it they can’t believe it’s here and they can’t believe how large it is, how quiet it is.”
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