Tag: historic preservation

    Rediscovering Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara Frontier Publications:

    One of the greatest attractions on Earth is less than 15 minutes from your backyard.

    It’s a wonder of the world, located within America’s oldest state park.

    And you’re missing out on it.

    “The thing that amazes me every day is that every day there are people here who save money their whole lives to come here – from around the world,” said Angela Berti, APR, marketing and public affairs officer for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

    Locally, “We get all these people that just – they take it for granted,” Berti said. “And at the same time, people are saving to come from China and India. And we need to respect that, and take more advantage of it.”

    Maid of the Mist financing spring gorge work

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    From the Tonawanda News:

    For at least the next month, crews will be removing loose rocks, boulders and other items from the Niagara Gorge near the Gorge Discovery Center in Niagara Falls State Park.

    A release issued Monday by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation characterized the rock-scaling project as a process regularly done in the gorge to “protect those using the trails for recreational purposes” from being hit by falling debris.

    Plans call for section of Robert Moses to be removed

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    One section of the Robert Moses Parkway will soon be no more.

    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, announced Monday that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has confirmed that it will release a plan in June to remove the southern section of the controversial roadway and replace it with an at-grade road. The removal would involve all four lanes of the southern section of the roadway which runs between John B. Daly Boulevard and Niagara Falls State Park. As part of the project, it would be replaced with a two-lane road that would be designed to allow for a more pedestrian-friendly crossing and improved access to the waterfront.

    Also see:

    • WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo – Schumer Reveals Plan to Demolish Portion of Robert Moses Parkway
    • Buffalo News – Plan to remove portion of Parkway advances

    Wondering about Wallenda costs

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    They’re close but not quite there yet.

    Officials from the state office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation continued talks Wednesday with representatives from Nik Wallenda’s team on a formal deal to cover security, maintenance and other expenses related to his upcoming tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.

    A state parks official said Wednesday evening no such deal had been signed. The talks also did not produce a formal announcement on an official date for the event, which has been widely speculated as June 15.

    “We haven’t signed anything yet,” state parks spokesperson Angela Berti said.

    Robert Moses Parkway changes appear unlikely anytime soon

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    From the Buffalo News:

    With the summer tourist season fast approaching, the controversial Robert Moses Parkway between Niagara Falls and Lewiston appears likely to remain unchanged for the immediate future.

    The city’s Tourism Advisory Board has endorsed dismantling that section of the parkway, a committee chairman said last week.

    But the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the lead agency in planning the parkway’s future, still is gathering ideas and residents’ suggestions for what should be done with the roadway.

    The Parsons Group, a consulting company, has been retained to present four alternatives but not a specific recommendation.

    Niagara Falls State Park Named Top ‘Green’ Destination in New York

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    From a press release found on Hospitality-1st.com:

    Niagara Falls State Park topped New York’s top ten green travel destinations Monday (April 26) by I Love New York, as part of the state tourism agency’s new “Green Heart NY” promotion initiative.

    “It’s truly fitting that New York’s oldest state park topped the list of green destinations in the year of its 125th anniversary,” said Carol Ash, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “New York’s state parks are our greenest and greatest treasures, drawing tens of millions of visitors every year – not only because they’re affordable vacation destinations right in our own backyard – but because there’s nothing else like them in the world.”

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