From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:
With his walk over the Grand Canyon now over, Nik Wallenda has returned his focus to Western New York.
On Wednesday, the daredevil announced that he is planning on walking a 200-foot high-wire at next year’s Erie County Fair.
Wallenda is also moving ahead with plans to build an entertainment and theater complex in Niagara Falls.
“I think on a grand scale. I think big and I want it to be a permanent facility with an indoor water park and a place for families to come – similar to a Great Wolf Lodge,” said Nik Wallenda.
Speaking of Nik Wallenda…
Every week I download the podcast for NPR‘s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! It is a news quiz that is usually quite funny. Each week there is some kind of famous person on to play part of the game. A couple of weeks ago Nik Wallenda was on to talk about his walk across the Grand Canyon. Obviously his walk over Niagara Falls came up. You can listen to Nik Wallenda’s segment at http://www.npr.org/2013/06/08/189534198/high-wire-artist-nik-wallenda-plays-a-game-called-whoops
From the Niagara Gazette:
Aerialist Nik Wallenda returned to Niagara Falls on Friday, and gave his word, once again, that plans for a Falls performance area were still in the works.
The daredevil, who left the city so triumphantly last June after crossing the Niagara Gorge on a two-inch wire, held a press conference on Friday to talk about several things, including his new book, his upcoming walk over the Grand Canyon June 23, and the probability of some sort of tented site being erected in the city where he can perform a daredevil act.
From WIVB channel 4 in Buffalo:
…Wallenda, who crossed the Niagara Falls last summer, is planning to take a piece of his Falls walk with him for an upcoming project. Wallenda is planning to use the rope from his walk across the Niagara Falls when he crosses the Grand Canyon…
From KMOV Channel 4 in St Louis:
CBS News and Vanity Fair conducted a survey, asking the public which national landmark really isn’t all that spectacular, in their eyes.
The Gateway Arch made the list along with The Alamo, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, and Niagara Falls.
The question was part of a larger poll. You can see the results here…
From the Niagara Falls Review:
What do you do after successfully crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope with the whole world watching?
“I slept all night for the first time in three months,” said Nik Wallenda, addressing media at Edgewaters Restaurant one day after cementing himself in the record books as the first person to directly cross over the thunderous falls on a wire.
Wallenda was joined by Niagara Parks Commision (NPC) chair Janice Thomson and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan to unveil two plaques dedicated in Wallenda’s honour.
Both plaques will be placed on a walkway leading to the White Water Walk. One commemorates Wallenda’s historic feat while the other depicts the history of stunting in Niagara Falls.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
No nuptials at Niagara Falls? Jones Beach off limits on a 90-degree day? The “Grand Canyon of the East” devoid of campers?
New York’s state parks system, the nation’s oldest, is facing another round of funding cuts that is likely to result in the first budget-related closures in the system’s 125-year history.
State officials say even popular parks at Niagara Falls and Jones Beach, with attendance figures in the millions, could be closed, along with such destinations as Letchworth, a popular hiking and camping spot ringing the rugged Genesee Gorge south of Rochester.
“It’s going to be pretty bad. As bad as I’ve ever seen it,” said Robin Dropkin, executive director of Parks & Trails New York, a 25-year-old nonprofit advocacy group.