Cuomo seeks to complete Empire State Trail by 2020, add Goat Island lodge in Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara Frontier Publications:

    Also, speaking of the outdoors and encouraging guests to stay longer, Cuomo announced big plans for Niagara Falls State Park and the Niagara Gorge on Monday while at the University at Buffalo.

    “We’re going to reclaim 135,000 acres of the Niagara Gorge corridor, preserving the rich ecology,” Cuomo said. “It will be the largest expansion of green space since the days of Olmstead. Part of the gorge belongs to (the New York Power Authority), which committed $1 million for conservation to that section of it. We will complete the ecological restoration of the gorge and we also understand that we need to generate more activities for tourists on the Niagara Falls side of the falls. When you look across the river, you see Canada has more activities. … We need to correct that, and we’re going to do it in Niagara Falls. On Goat Island, we will create a year-round destination for tourism and build a world-class lodge with sweeping views of the Niagara River.

    “(Empire State Development) will also be issuing (a request for proposal) to build greater outdoor activities on Goat Island that will boost tourism and give people an international destination to visit. So we’re very excited about that.”

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