From a Niagara Parks press release seen on Niagara at Large:
The Niagara Parks Commission will host a solar eclipse viewing event at the new Niagara Glen Nature Centre on Monday, August 21th from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join us at the Niagara Glen to view the solar eclipse from our recently unveiled Niagara Glen Nature Centre.
The event will include guided viewing tours with special protective glasses, as well as crafts for kids and light refreshments, all with a panoramic view of the Niagara River under the darkened sky caused by the eclipse.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The iconic stone building at the Niagara Glen along the Niagara Parkway has been used as a restaurant, caretaker’s residence, temporary residence for School of Horticulture students and spent many years a gift shop.
The Niagara Glen Nature Centre recently underwent a series of renovations to add new programming to highlight Niagara Parks’ stewardship role.
“The Niagara Glen is an undeniable treasure of natural beauty,” Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, said Friday during the attraction’s grand re-opening.
“(The glen) is a defining feature of the Niagara River experience and a site that has been protected and preserved by the Niagara Parks Commission since 1894.”
With support from the Ontario150 funding program, the building has been converted into an interpretation facility that highlights the geological, environmental and historical significance of the area.
From the Niagara Falls Reporter:
The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce its investment in the revitalization of the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, creating a trailhead and interpretation facility that will focus on Niagara Parks’ important stewardship role, while educating the public on the geological, environmental and historical significance of the spectacular Niagara Glen.
Niagara Parks has made its reinvestment in the Niagara Glen Nature Centre a priority, responding to the continued growth and popularity of this site as a renowned outdoor destination for hikers, cyclists, conservationists, boulderers and anyone seeking an opportunity to connect with nature.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The Niagara Parks Commission has slashed its proposed annual parking fees in half at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre.
The provincial agency announced in September paid parking would begin at the Glen – which had previously offered free parking – starting in the spring.
Daily parking rates, between May and October, would be $1.25 per hour to a maximum of $10 a day, or users could purchase an annual pass for $30.
Soon after the parking rates were announced, a change.org petition was created calling on Niagara Parks to maintain the status quo at the Glen.
“The Niagara Parks are Niagara’s green space for free, healthy, happy, family activities. Let’s tell Niagara Parks that we want to continue to have free access to the Niagara Glen (Steel Stairs),” reads the petition letter.
In less than two months, the petition has garnered more than 1,000 signatures.