I’ve been living in New York for over 25 years now yet I continue to be surprised by the beautiful parks we have. This weekend I spent some time at the Evangola State Park for a car show.
The WNY Mopar group organized the show as part of the tomato festival and it was a great day for it. Cars showed up all the way from Canada! They had food vendors, live entertainment, and of course the beauty of the beach.
The park was expansive and had playgrounds, sports fields, and did I mention the beach? I grew up outside of Buffalo and always considered Lake Erie to be a second-rate waterfront, but where the Evangola State Park sits it’s absolutely beautiful. Pets weren’t aloud on the beach, but dog owners were taking advantage of the paths around the park for sure. They had multiple lifeguards on duty as well as a number of nature walks throughout the day.
There were a few other things that I noticed which were unique about this park, but the most impressive thing was the snowmobile trails. In rural settings snowmobilers will occasionally trespass on other people’s property because they don’t have land of their own to ride on. This creates a lot of tension between land owners and riders because if the riders get hurt the liability falls on the land owner. Even if the rider never had permission to be on the land! So the fact that this park has a beautifully built and maintained trail for snowmobiles was impressive and a great asset for the community. The rest of the year it also makes a very nice hiking or running path. An ultimate win-win.
I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more and I’ll certainly be back before the year is over.