From the Niagara Gazette:
Underused or vacant properties are not exactly new in downtown Niagara Falls.
In fact, some of the parcels now being eyed by the state as part of an acquisition plan referenced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January have been out of public circulation for quite some time now.
Under Cuomo’s Strategic Land Acquisition Program the state has targeted several dozen properties near Niagara Falls State Park for redevelopment.
The idea is to reactive what officials have described as key parcels on the outskirts of Niagara Falls State Park.
From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:
The Niagara Global Tourism Institute (NGTI) has asked the city of Niagara Falls for $50,000 to create three blocks of public WIFI between the Seneca Niagara Casino and Niagara Falls State Park on Old Falls Street.
The purpose of the WIFI is to help tourists avoid the “roaming” charges that sometimes happen with phones that are close to Canada, and to also encourage tourists to expand their trip outside of the State Park.
From NewYorkUpstate.com (includes many nice photos):
It would be hard to be disappointed at the views from Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park, and that’s probably why more than 8 million people visit every year. The stunning view by day and by night can leave a visitor breathless and struggling for superlatives. You can walk out high over the Niagara River Gorge at the Prospect Point Observation Tower, or you can walk down to feel the spray coming off the Falls.
From US News and World Report:
New York state wants to give tourists more to do when they visit Niagara Falls State Park and is asking developers to come forward with plans.
Officials say they’re looking for a major private investment to improve hiking, biking, climbing, fishing and other outdoor activities along the Niagara River so that visitors to the falls will stay longer.
From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:
Niagara Falls announced events and activities for this summer.
Destination NiagaraUSA, Old Falls Street, USA, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Niagara Falls State Park held a joint press conference Thursday to announce the plans.
“I am so pleased that all of our downtown partners have come together to share all of the exciting events and activities that will be taking place this summer,” said John Percy, President & CEO of Destination Niagara USA in a statement. “As we look forward to another extremely successful tourist season, we are thrilled that our visitors and residents will have access to such a diverse and entertaining list of things to do.”
From the Niagara Gazette (includes 12 pictures):
As part of her duties on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, 7-year-old Hailey Winterhalter put together a photo slideshow of a quick trip to Niagara Falls State Park.
From US News & World Report:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still considering a state-owned island near the brink of Niagara Falls as a possible location for a privately operated lodge. Read More…
From a letter to the editor in the Buffalo News:
If Frederick Law Olmsted were around today to learn about plans to improve tourism in Niagara Falls, he would remind people that compared with the Canadian side, Niagara Falls State Park lets walkers enjoy one of the most beautiful natural areas in North America.
“It has incomparably greater beauty of a kind depending on refinement and delicacy, and subtle qualities of natural elements of scenery, and these largely apart from the actual cataract – incomparably greater beauty of a kind in which the nearness to the eye of illumined spray and mist and fleeting waters, and of the intricate disposition of leaves, with infinitely varied play of light and shadow, refraction and reflections, and much else that is indefinable in conditions of water, air and foliage are important parts.”
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.”