Category: Niagara Falls Parks

    Maves, Jeffs appointed to Niagara Parks Commission

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Two former regional councillors have been appointed to the Niagara Parks Commission board.

    Bart Maves, a former Niagara Falls councillor, and April Jeffs, former mayor of Wainfleet, were appointed to the commission Jan. 31 by the Progressive Conservative government.

    They will each serve a three-year term.

    Incline Railway Improvements

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    The Niagara Parks Commission is redeveloping the lower level plaza at its Incline Railway.

    NPC plans $600K railway plaza redevelopment

    From the St Catharines Standard:

    The Niagara Parks Commission is redeveloping the lower level plaza at its Incline Railway.

    The $600,000 worth of improvements are intended to create a more welcoming environment for the thousands of visitors entering Niagara Parks each day, according to the commission.

    “It will continue to build on NPC’s efforts to improve the overall accessibility of its sites and attractions, while enhancing the overall experience for all those visiting Niagara Parks,” reads a press release issued by the commission.

    Greenway funds to upgrade Niagara Falls State Park

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    The state of New York will spend $9 million on a pair of restoration projects at Niagara Falls State Park.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Tuesday the approval by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Niagara River Greenway Fund Standing Committee of $3.83 million for restoration efforts at Terrapin Point, one of two major observation areas overlooking the falls and the lower Niagara Gorge on the American side.

    Upcoming Goat Island work includes new police office, Tesla statue move

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    From the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal:

    State parks officials unveiled renovations at several key areas in Niagara Falls State Park this year, but the planned work is just beginning.

    Three Sisters Islands, Luna Island and Prospect Point with groundbreaking ceremonies this year. Those projects make up a small portion of the $40 million worth of upgrades planned for the park over the next four years, with the bulk of the work set to take place on Goat Island.

    An Eventful Niagara Visit

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    I have been gone for a little while – wait until you hear why.  I actually managed a trip to the Falls.  I traveled alone in mid-April.  My husband couldn’t get away from work and I didn’t want to bore anyone while I fiddled with my camera settings and lenses.

    So, I get to the Falls and make a run to Niagara-on-the-Lake, then head to Queen Victoria Park. At around 3:00, I get out of the car in front of Victoria House. That’s when my back seizes up a bit.  Let me remind you – I’m alone!  Determined to get the shots I came for, I grab a hefty backpack of equipment and head into the park.

    Here’s a couple of shots I managed to get before…..

    smooth falls

    … needless to say, the more I pushed the issue, the more my back pushed back.  I went back to the hotel and took some pain relievers and hoped for some relief by morning. I was having trouble getting up from chairs at this point. By morning, I knew I had to leave a day earlier than planned or find out what a Canadian ER was like.

    I managed to pack my bags but lifting them was out of the question. This is where I have to give a shout out to the staff of the Courtyard by Marriott!  After explaining my situation, some of the staff helped me pack my car. I settled in for the 4 hour drive to Pittsburgh… and was pulled over at the border for a random check. Just what I needed. Of course, I had nothing to hide, but it was pretty inconvenient to have to get out of the car in my condition.  They could have decided to detain the nut-job using her time in the waiting room to do back stretches …. but I was free to go.

    After that, I decided to head over onto Goat Island and park at Three Sisters Islands (my favorite spot) to check that my luggage and equipment hadn’t been disturbed too badly. I saw that there were some areas under construction on the island, but none so extensive as Three Sisters. I had heard that there was a plan for renovation there. From some comments I’ve seen on the web, a lot of people are concerned about this idea.

    Here are some pics:

    THREE SISTERS

    In the middle shot, you can see the first bridge on the right.  They formed a dirt bridge over the upper rapids to get equipment to the next island!  I read a PDF online outlining the plans.  I am trying to stay positive on it and trust that the changes won’t be too intrusive. I like the natural state of the place – especially that last rocky island. But even I have to admit that it needed some tidying up. Those invasive purple flowers needed to be taken care of, too.

    Here is my favorite shot at Three Sisters from a few years back…. taken approximately where they now have that temporary dirt bridge…..

    Ducks horiz copy

    It was late evening and the sun was just perfect – I was just about to turn away when I saw this Mom and her baby ducks.    I’m just so disappointed in that blunt-cut log. I guess that is some of the clean up I was talking about.

    So, while I’ve been off the radar, I’ve been rehabbing my back.  I am finally feeling even better than before this whole thing happened!  I’m looking forward to scheduling my next trip… with a traveling companion this time.

    But back to the Falls… I know we normally talk Canadian affairs, but what do you think about the construction going on across the creek?  Do you have concerns that it will be overdone or do you think it’s long overdue?

    CAA Winter Festival of Lights kicks off Nov. 3

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    The Welland Tribune reports that November 3rd marks the 30th Season For the CAA Winter Festival of Lights in Queen Victoria Park and The Niagara Parks are not the only ones pulling out all the stops.  One attraction pulling all the stops will be the Skylon Tower.

    The Skylon Tower will be lighted up  using 12 special projectors along with three image projectors that will project images on the underside pod of the tower.

    The opening ceremonies on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 5:45 p.m., will include a one-hour stage show, a musical salute to the holidays, that concludes with an appearance from Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who will help flip the giant light switch that will illuminate all of the displays.

    30th CAA Winter Festival of Lights

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    The 30th Annual CAA Winter festival of Lights is fast approaching in Niagara Falls. It begins November 3, 2012 at the Outdoor Stage in Queen Victoria Park. Look for an exciting showcase including performances from your favorite Disney characters and the Festival of Lights Choir.

    This year’s festival which is Canada’s foremost illumination festival will run November 3 to January 31, 2013.

    There will be over 125 animated lighting displays and 3 million tree and ground lights which will be seen within the Niagara Parks Winder Wonderland.

    There is no admission fee but there will be Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Island accepting donations. (Suggested contribution $5-$10 per car; $1 per coach bus passenger) with proceeds used to continue this great lighting festival.

    For more information please check their webpage at www.wfol.com

    State parks system getting $89 million funding boost

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    From the Associated Press (via WGRZ Channel 2 or Syracuse.com):

    The $132 billion state budget approved by the Legislature late last month includes $89 million in New York Works capital projects for the state-run system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

    The funding breakdown released earlier this month includes:

    — $25 million for Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the nation’s oldest state parks system, and the most-visited, with 8 million visitors a year.

    Gorge wall gets a spring tune-up

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s a job with a great view -as long as you are not afraid of heights.

    “I find it exciting every time I go over,” said Gordon Rosa, a mason supervisor with the Niagara Parks Commission.

    Each year, Rosa and his crew climb into a cage which is then lifted over the retaining wall near the brink of the falls by a large crane, and they are lowered into the gorge.

    It’s all part of the annual rock scaling operation along the great gorge wall on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls. The job lasts about a week.

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