Focusing on fixing Falls State Park

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    From the Buffalo News:

    After years of neglect, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations has the full attention of New York State.

    That means $25 million in much-needed improvements to Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest in the nation. It also signals, officials said, a return to the principles of Frederick Law Olmsted — who designed the park — and a pledge to never let it become neglected again.

    The new railings, repaved paths, restored plantings and repaired bridges come one year after the park was criticized by a New York Times travel writer and a nonprofit agency for its lack of maintenance and worn-out appearance.

    “Niagara Falls can’t look shabby,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said Tuesday at a news conference in the park. “It’s the most visible park in our state system, it’s the most popular, and we needed to address this issue.”

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