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.”
The Niagara Gazette has a Niagara Falls New York related summary of 2016
For years the local tourist industry operators had stressed the need to connect Niagara Falls State Park and the city within the other area attractions.
It was finally accomplished this year with the Discover Niagara Shuttle. The inaugural service linked the city, the tourist district and the nation’s oldest state park with 14 sites etween the Niagara Falls State Park and the historic Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown.
From the Bristol Herald Courier:
The Observation Tower at Niagara Falls State Park is a popular spot for bird watching. Now it’s better for the birds, too.
On Monday, New York state parks officials will recognize a college professor whose work led to the installation of bird-friendly glass in the tower.
Parks officials in New York are planning a project of historic significance: temporarily shutting off the American Falls. That will dramatically alter a natural wonder that attracts millions of tourists from around the world.
The Niagara Falls State Park project is designed to replace two pedestrian bridges that are over 100 years old. Those bridges connect the main section of the park to Goat Island, which splits the Niagara River into two falls, one in Canada and the other in the U.S.
Shutting off the flow of the river and the falls will give construction workers access to the bridge supports.
From ABC News:
Tourists visiting Niagara Falls will soon have a new way to see the sites.
The new “Discover Niagara” shuttle service will offer transportation from Niagara Falls State Park to 14 destination sites along the 14-mile route to Old Fort Niagara, located where the Niagara River empties in Lake Ontario.
The Discover Niagara fleet of vehicles starts running on Thursday and will be free for the first year. There are two trolleys and two small buses that are equipped with bicycle racks.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Q: I was at Niagara Falls and noticed a lot of bulldozers and construction on the U.S. side, right above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. What’s going on?
A: The American observation area above the Horseshoe Falls is undergoing a major overhaul that’s expected to wrap up this summer.
When the $4.3 million US renovation at Terrapin Point is completed, it will be more accessible, more natural and more in line with the rest of Niagara Falls State Park.
From the Buffalo News:
Millions of viewers worldwide today tuned in for a show that was shot in Niagara Falls State Park.
Univision Network’s international morning show, “Despierta America Live,” telecasted segments of its show from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Prospect Point Observation Deck in the park.
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.
From Hotel Business magazine:
Hampton Hotels has opened its newest property, the 79-room Hampton Inn Niagara Falls/Blvd here.
The hotel is owned by Falls Hotel, LLC. It is the third Hampton property in the Niagara Falls area and the 48th in the state.
Located in the city’s business district, the hotel is in close proximity to the Niagara Falls International Airport and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Niagara Falls State Park is four miles away and the Niagara Wine trail, Seneca and Niagara Casino are in close proximity to the hotel as well. Nearby attractions also include Martin’s Fantasy Island and the Niagara Aquarium.
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.