City of Tonawanda Parks
City of Tonawanda
Parks & Recreation Department
150 Fillmore Avenue
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Amanda A. Lofft, Director of Recreation
716 505-1172 office
Within the 4 square mile area of the City of Tonawanda, there are five parks, one pool/wading pool, four sports/ recreational areas, 5 miles of trail, docking facilities, one band shell and nine playgrounds. Various shelters are available for rental in Veteran’s Park and Eastern Park, and the all new Niawanda Park Pavilion is available for rent for any occasion. The Clinton Park gazebo and the gazebo behind Tonawanda City Hall are available for rental in 3-hour increments for weddings, etc.
Park permits for Veterans Park and Eastern Park can be obtained on line or in the Parks Office at the Department of Public Works building at 150 Fillmore Avenue. Permits will be available for rental starting the first Monday in February. The Parks Office is open from 7:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm. These two parks are open for permits from the last week in May to the first week in September. Permits can be purchased using cash, check, charge or money orders.
The Niawanda Park Pavilion will be opening effective March 1, 2021. We will be limiting capacity to 100 person total. This includes any vendors staying on site. Effective May 19 the Pavilion will be back to full capacity of 130. All Governor's orders must be followed, social distancing and masks are required when not able to to social distance.
SHELTER PERMIT POLICY
WE CANNOT ALLOW:
- Erection of tents and canopies.
- Use of generators.
- Conducting animal rides.
- Utilization of caterers without prior approval.
- Inflatable jump houses or similar entertainment equipment.
- Glass containers.
- Not-for-profit/charitable organizations may not conduct fundraising activities without prior application and approval from the City of Tonawanda Common Council.
ADDITIONAL PARK RULES - Equipment may be borrowed from the park office:
- All refuse/garbage must be put in the provided refuse containers, with lids securely closed. City garbage totes are limited.
- Steel horseshoes can only be used in the horseshoe pits by the Veterans Park office or at Eastern Park. Rubber horseshoes may be used at other shelters.
- The sand volleyball court and shuffleboard area are for use by all shelters.
- The use of staples on the shelters or picnic tables is prohibited. Tape is allowed or see the park attendant about tablecloth holders.
- Please be advised that there is NO parking on the grass. Vehicles may only enter Veterans Park with attendant permission and then the vehicle will allowed to be standing for no longer than 5 minutes (motor running).
- Adjacent baseball/softball fields cannot be used without a permit.
- All shelters have charcoal grills for permit holder’s use. Additional grills or fire pits that do not meet fire department approval may not be brought to the park or used.
- Picnic tables may not be moved from the shelter.
- Bands or sound systems must be in compliance with the City's sound ordinance and may not disrupt other shelter parties.
PARK SHELTER OCCUPANCY LIMITS
- Approximately 48 - 60 people may be seated, in Vets Park shelters 3 - 6. (8 tables)
- Approximately 72 - 100 people may be seated, in Vets Park shelters 1 - 2. (12 tables)
- Approximately 84 - 115 people may be seated at Eastern Park. (14 tables)
NOTE: The Parks Department reserves the right to limit the number of people under this permit to prevent over-crowding of the park and/or parking lot facilities. Activities such as wedding receptions and corporate picnics are better suited at Eastern Park.
Parking is limited at Veterans Park and we highly recommend car-pooling so that all may share the parking lot.
Reservations can be made online only starting February 1st. The park will open May 28th and be avaialble thru September 30th. Please note the weekend of July 24 all shelters will be unavailabe due to the Vietnam Veterans Healing Wall.
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This Park is located between Adam Street and Niagara Streets, near the intersection of Niagara Street and Two Mile Creek Road. There are two large and four smaller shelters available for rental. Park amenities include electric in all shelters, a large playground area, a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, grills, lavatories and a Veterans Monument. Please note dogs are only allowed, on a leash, from 6:00AM-9:00AM May 1st - September 30th, and when park is open October 1st - April 30th, as per City ordinance.
Veterans Park 1 or 2 $75 RESIDENT/ $150 NON-RESIDENT
Veterans Park 3, 4, 5, 6 $50 RESIDENT/ $75 NON-RESIDENT
****New this year 10% discount for active and retired military for Veteran's Park ONLY. Reservations MUST be made IN PERSON at the parks department with a valid CAC card or DD214 papers.
This Park is located on Fillmore Avenue near the Twin Cities Memorial Highway, and is more suited for larger, private parties. Electric is included in the permit price; refrigerated truck hook-up is available as are horseshoes and a net for volleyball games. Please note dogs are only allowed, on a leash, from 6:00AM-9:00AM May 1st - September 30th, and when park is open October 1st - April 30th, as per City ordinance.
Eastern Park Whole Park $75.00/resident & $150.00/non resident.
CLINTON PARK OR CITY HALL GAZEBOS
Reservations for rentals begin September for the following year, call 505-1172 for more information. Rental fees are for 3 hour increments, city resident rate $25/3 hours, non resident $50/3 hours
NIAWANDA PARK PAVILION
The Niawanda Park Pavilion will be opening effective March 1, 2021. We will be limiting capacity to 100 person total. This includes any vendors staying on site. Effective May 19th the Pavilion will be back to full capacity of 130. All Governor's orders must be followed, social distancing and masks are required when not able to to social distance.
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Whether it be a wedding, graduation party, shower or family reunion, the new Niawanda Park Pavilion can play host to any event at anytime.
City Resident Rental Fee: Non-Resident Rental Fee:
$500.00 - Fri., Sat. & Sun. $550.00 - Fri., Sat. & Sun.
$300.00 - Mon.-Thurs. $350.00 - Mon.-Thurs.
*Fees subject to change
All Holidays charged at the weekend rates
Date Deposit: $100.00
Security Deposit: $300.00 cash or check only
Optional : WIFI Internet Access: $25.00
Bose PA System: $75.00
Amenities: Flat Screen TV & Time Warner Cable access
Reservations can be made up to 2 years in advance by placing a $100.00 non-refundable deposit to the City of Tonawanda. This fee will be applied to your total rental fee. Your rental balance is due one month prior to your event and can be paid on-line. The $300.00 security deposit (cash or check only) is due when picking up the key. Fees subject to change.
NIAWANDA PARK PAVILION AMENITIES
Magnificent Waterfront Location
Handicap accessible facility
Fully equipped industrial kitchen including: 6 burner stove, 2 shelf oven, double refrigerator, freezer, microwave oven and large sink basins
(15) 5 foot round tables that can accommodate up to 8 people each, (8) 8 foot long rectangular banquet tables, and chairs.
Total capacity of up to 130
Portable Bar & Drink Chest
Outdoor Patio with furniture
Dedicated Parking spots. Parking is limited. We highly recommend car-pooling
For more information please call:
City of Tonawanda Parks & Recreation Office
150 Fillmore Ave. Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone: 716-505-1172 Fax: 716-692-6747
Our Offices are open from 7am-12pm and 1pm-3pm Monday through Friday
Located on the scenic Niagara River, it’s a popular location to take a walk, roller-blade or jog on the riverwalk path; enjoy your lunch, catch some sun or have some solitary time. See our events schedule for bandshell concerts and special events throughout the summer. Please note that parking is not allowed on the grass unless posted for special events. Dogs shall be permitted, year round, within the entire Niawanda Park, provided that the dog is restrained at all times by an adequte collar and leash not exceeding six feet in lenght, kept under the control of a competent person and the dog does not engage in loud howling or barking in an excessive manner, as per City ordinance.
GATEWAY HARBOR PARK
Gateway Harbor Park is becoming the hub of activity in the downtown area. Concerts and activities are scheduled from mid-June through October. (See Events and Activities on the City of Tonawanda’s home page for schedules and information).
Food, beverage and activity vendors are welcome to apply by contacting the Tonawandas Gateway Harbor Corporation. If you are interested in becoming involved with the park you may receive an application for vending or activities by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Gateway Docking Fees as per 2017 Ordinance
- With Electric & Water (overnight)
- Commercial boats $45.00
- 25’ & Under boats $25.00
- 26’ to 40’ boats $30.00
- 41’ & Over boats $35.00
- Without Electric & Water (overnight)
- Commercial boats $45.00
- 25’ & Under boats $20.00
- 26’ to 40’ boats $25.00
- 41’ & Over boats $30.00
- Daily Fees (daily until 10:00pm, with or without electric)
- 25’ & Under boats $10.00
- 26’ to 40’ boats $15.00
- 41’ & Over boats $20.00
- Commercial boats $30.00
Overnight parking permit fee - Gateway Harbor Docking Facilities:
Boat guests who have over the one vehicle allotted as per ordinance must pay a $4.00 overnight parking permit.
To report a tree problem, please call 505-1172 and ask that a card be filled out.
We often receive requests from residents to have trees cut down. Please understand that unless a city tree is structurally unsafe, it will not be removed. Another situation involves tree roots that grow into a homeowner’s lateral sewer line. While we understand that the roots cause a problem with the sewer line, we will not remove a healthy tree for that reason alone. Removing the tree will not remove your sewer problems.
If you decide to have your sewer line replaced, this may cause a different situation. In certain cases, the trench dug for the new sewer line will harm a tree, causing it to become unsafe. In this case, the City will remove the tree at no cost to the homeowner. We will need to see a contract in hand.
At this time, only hazardous trims are being addressed quickly. We will address trims street by street, beginning in the spring, as time permits.
If you are interested in having a tree planted between the sidewalk and the curb, please call 505-1172 to place your request. We will let you know if a planting is possible. Trees will be offered in suitable locations. In cases where we do not feel a planting between the sidewalk and the curb is appropriate, we may offer you a tree for your front lawn. In the past three years, we have planted over 300 new trees in the City.
It is against City ordinance to plant a tree or remove a tree on City property, which includes between the sidewalk and the curb. Fines can be hefty.
TREE MEMORIAL PROGRAM
The City has a Tree Memorial Park located on Two Mile Creek Road. Please visit the Parks & Recreation Office at 150 Fillmore Avenue for an application. Due to space limitations, tree memorials are for City residents only.
The cost is $350, which includes a commemorative plaque. Applications are due by March 1st for spring plantings and September 1st for fall plantings.