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    New CEO for Niagara Parks

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    There’s a new leadership structure at the Niagara Parks Commission.

    NPC chairwoman Janice Thomson announced Friday that Reegan McCullough will begin his tenure as chief executive officer of the provincial agency, effective Nov. 7.

    McCullough is currently the executive director of Oil Sands Community Alliance in Alberta. Prior to that, he served as assistant Deputy Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation for Alberta.

    “Reegan’s exceptional experience in executive management positions within both the public and private sector, focused on large scale operations, strategic policy and regulatory development, capital construction and financial accountability, make him the ideal candidate to assume the responsibilities of CEO,” Thomson said.

    NPC to announce new GM in ‘few weeks’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission plans to announce a new general manager in a “few weeks,” says chairwoman Janice Thomson.

    “We’re currently in the interview process. I believe we’re just a few weeks away from having our new GM announced. The start date will depend on variables,” she said.

    Current GM John Lohuis will retire, as of Aug. 31.

    Thomson said Lohuis is currently taking some vacation time.

    David Adames, the commission’s senior director of business development, has been appointed acting GM.

    Thomson said the commission is working through a search agency, which has presented them with “some candidates that we’re currently interviewing.

    ‘It’s just captured people’s imagination’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s just been open six days, but the new zipline attraction in Niagara Falls has become quite an international hit.

    Attraction operators and the Niagara Parks Commission have been flooded with interview requests from media across the world since last Friday, when riders were first able to descend 670 metres on four high-speed, side-by-side wires from the Niagara Parks Commission’s Grand View Marketplace into the Niagara Gorge below.

    Prior to Wednesday afternoon’s official opening, where dignitaries attended a press conference, cut a ribbon and some even zipped down, Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the commission, told the Niagara Falls Review the attraction has already received “spectacular international coverage.”

    In addition to coverage from the Review, including a video shot about two weeks ago that garnered more than three-million views, the zipline has received much love on social media.

    Commission spokesman Tony Baldinelli said articles have appeared in international travel magazines, print and digital media from around the world, as well as extensive television coverage.

    Car-free section of Niagara Parkway on Canada Day

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A portion of the Niagara Parkway will be a car-free zone on Canada Day.

    And it could be something the Niagara Parks Commission considers more often.

    “I wouldn’t say regular because it’s right in the heart of Queen Victoria Park, it’s sort of the centre, so there are reasons why it can’t happen all of the time, but certainly on special occasions it’s worthy of consideration,” said NPC chairwoman Janice Thomson.

    A stretch of the parkway from Clifton Hill to Fraser Hill will be off limits to cars between 7 a.m. and midnight on July 1.

    The parks commission encourages visitors to bring their bicycles, enjoy a horse-and-carriage ride and take advantage of the Wego bus service, which will operate on its regular route schedule.

    Twice in a lifetime? American Falls could go dry again

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The possibility of the American Falls going dry for the first time in 47 years isn’t a concern to the Niagara Parks Commission.

    In fact, it may create a tourism boom.

    “I think it would have a positive impact,” says Parks chairwoman Janice Thomson, reacting to reports the New York State parks system intends to divert water from the American Falls some time in the next two to three years to work on two aging pedestrian bridges. “It would be similar to the ‘Frozen Falls’ phenomenon, it gets people’s imagination (going). They would have to come and see it.”

    Adam Sandler checks out Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    An average of 700,000 people a year get up close and personal with the Horseshoe Falls at Journey Behind the Falls.

    On Saturday, actor Adam Sandler and his family took in the popular Niagara Parks attraction.

    Sandler, the Saturday Night Live alumnus and star of Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy is currently shooting a movie in the Toronto area.

    Niagara Parks chairwoman Janice Thomson said Sandler “loved” the Journey behind the Falls.

    “We talked about what an amazing attraction it is,” she said.

    Garrett out as RTO boss

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Robin Garrett is no longer the chief executive of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara.

    The decision was a mutual one, said TPN chair Janice Thomson.

    “We had a conversation,” Thomson said. “It’s exactly as we said in the release.”

    Garrett confirmed Thomson’s assessment.

    Falls illumination will honor royal birth


    From the Tonawanda News:

    As the world eagerly awaits the birth of the newest member of the royal family, the Niagara Parks Commission and the Niagara Falls Illumination Board are preparing a special pink or blue illumination of Niagara Falls to commemorate the historic birth date of the future monarch.

    “We thought this was a special way to commemorate the birth of our future king or queen and congratulate the royal couple on the arrival of their first child,” stated parks commission Chair and Niagara Falls Illumination board member Janice Thomson.

    Wallenda won’t walk Niagara Falls again: NPC

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    Speaking of Nik Wallenda, apparently he won’t be walking over the Falls again…

    From the St Catharines Standard:

    Don’t expect to see Nik Wallenda back in Niagara Falls for Round 2: Untethered.

    “I’d say no, not at all,” Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said when asked if there’s a chance the tightrope walker will return to the Honeymoon Capital for a no-harness sequel to his June 2012 performance.

    Thomson said following Wallenda’s June 15 walk between Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Niagara Falls, Ont., the aerialist told her: “I’ve done Niagara Falls, I won’t do it again.

    “He told me … he will go on and do something else,” said Thomson, adding she’s interested to see if the Florida native will walk between skyscrapers in New York City, which Wallenda has set as his next target.

    Niagara Parks zip line one step closer

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A proposed zip line attraction within the Niagara Parks system has take a step forward.

    The Niagara Parks Commission has issued a Request for Qualifications to identify interested proponents to develop what it describes as “an environmentally friendly zip line attraction” to be located at a location that has yet to have been finalized.

    “Zip lines are being successfully operated throughout Canada and can be found in parks, historic and environmentally sensitive areas around the world,” stated NPC Chair Janice Thomson. “Our hope is to create a new zip line attraction that will not only inform and educate our guests, but also provide a breathtaking experience for our guests when in Niagara Parks.”

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