Grand Island is a town and an island in Erie County, New York, USA. This represents an increase of 9.41% from the 2000 census figure . The current town name derives from the French name La Grande Île, as Grand Island is the largest island in the Niagara River and fourth largest in the state. The phrase La Grande Île appears on the town seal. The Town of Grand Island is located at the northwestern corner of the state. The town is northwest of Buffalo, New York. Interstate 190 and New York State Route 324 cross the island.
Points of interest
- Beaver Island State Park – A state park located at the south end of the island. The park is fully developed for many recreational activities, including 18 holes of golf.
- Buckhorn Island State Park – A state park at the north end of Grand Island, noted for its attempts to preserve the local environment.
- Grand Island Nike Base – A town park and senior citizen center originally a US Army missile site which was part of Project Nike from the mid 1950s through the mid 1960s.
- Grand Island Rod and Gun Club – An outdoor rifle range, trap and skeet range, and archery range. There is also a small pond on the land for fishing.
- Martin's Fantasy Island – 85-acre (340,000 m2) amusement park.
- River Lea Farmhouse – an 1849 Victorian farmhouse once owned by Grover Cleveland's uncle, who hired Cleveland to work on the farm, the future president's first job.
- Veterans Park – A park in the north part of the town.
- Woods Creek – A small stream that enters the Niagara River at Buckhorn Island Park.
- Spaulding-Sidway Boathouse – listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.