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    Cuomo has big plans for Niagara Falls tourism

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo (includes video):

    Governor Andrew Cuomo is now proposing a second phase of the Buffalo Billion initiative. A key focus is increasing tourism in places like Niagara Falls.

    The governor would like to construct a new state-operated tourism visitor center on Grand Island, reclaim 135,000 acres of the Niagara Gorge corridor to be restored for more green space activities, and turn Goat Island into a year-round destination complete with a world-class lodge.

    Gorge restoration planned

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    More than 40 acres along the Niagara Gorge on the American side between the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow bridges will undergo a three-year, $1-million restoration.

    “This gorge is one of the most important places ecologically in the world with the plant diversity that it has, with the fresh water resource that we have at the Niagara River, with migratory bird habitat going through and across the gorge, with fish spawning habitat underneath,” said Jajean Rose, deputy executive director for the Western New York Land Conservancy.

    “If we don’t do this work the diversity of plants and animals will continue to decrease and we’ll lose species. What this project will do is restore that natural, high bio-diversity corridor.”

    ‘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.

    An ‘exhilarating’ way to view the Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The natural wonder that is Niagara Falls has been viewed from about just about every angle and every way, but a B.C. company has found one more way to experience the falls.

    “The common denominators is that it’s exhilarating,” said WildPlay Niagara general manager Rich Merlino.

    The MistRider Zipline to the Falls held a media launch Wednesday, July 20, inviting media from across the globe, politicians and dignitaries to try out the 670-metre-long zipline that takes riders through the Niagara Gorge towards the famous Horseshoe Falls. The zipline gives people another way to view both the Canadian and American falls.

    Speaking at the launch MP Wayne Gates called the zipline just one more reason to people will want to come to Niagara Falls and the entire Niagara region.

    “Come for the falls, stay for the hospitality,” he said.

    Local parks group feels ‘misled’ over zipline

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After withdrawing its concerns about Niagara Parks Commission’s new zipline last year, Preserve Our Parks is having “second thoughts” now that it’s up and running.

    Group spokesman James Bannister says members will meet July 26 to discuss concerns about the attraction, which opened to the public last Friday. Bannister says some members of Preserve Our Parks feel “misled” after a meeting with parks commission members last year.

    “Looking at it from River Road, it’s not terribly esthetically pleasing,” he says, referring to the tower at Grand View Marketplace where riders get strapped in for the 660-metre descent into the Niagara Gorge.

    “The tower (already) there was not a bad looking building — a structure you could climb up and look out over the falls. Then all of a sudden it gained about another storey in height, which is basically just steel and cables.”

    “Drive North America” (including Niagara Falls)

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    Whenever I’m in second hand stores or antique shops, I’m always on the lookout for things related to Niagara Falls. Recently I came across an old Drive North America book. The book is from 1983 by Readers Digest. There was a small blurb about Niagara Falls:

    Museums, parks and historical sites in the Niagara region attract millions of visitors each year – but such works of man are dwarfed by Niagara Falls. The 54-metre-high Horseshoe Falls and the 56-metre-high American Falls have inspired centuries of wonder, and such death-defying theatrics as Blondin’s 1859 tightrope crossing. The Maid of the Mist cruises to the foot of Horseshoe Falls, and an aero car glides 37 metres above the whirlpools of Niagara Gorge.

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    Zip line over Niagara Falls gorge set to open July 20

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    From the Buffalo News:

    There’s a new thrill penetrating the mist of the Horseshoe Falls – folks zip lining, 2,200 feet over the Niagara Gorge.

    WildPlay MistRider Zipline is on track to debut Friday, but staffers, their friends and family members began testing the ride over the weekend. The official grand opening/ribbon-cutting is scheduled for July 20.

    Lindsay DiCosimo, marketing manager of WildPlay MistRider, called the ride “phenomenal,” with “spectacular views” of both the American and Horseshoe falls.

    “It’s a completely different perspective for people,” DiCosimo said.

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    MistRider Zipline to the Falls opens July 15

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Adrenaline junkies won’t have to wait much longer before they get to experience Niagara’s newest attraction — Wildplay’s MistRider ZipLine to the Falls.

    It opens to the public July 15, but staff have already been testing the four high-speed, side-by-side lines that descend a distance of 670 metres (2,200 feet) from Niagara Parks Commission’s Grand View Marketplace into the Niagara Gorge below.

    “It’s a great experience and a great attraction to the city,” said Mike Baldasio, after trying the ride for the first time on Friday. “I just wanted to get up there and try it as soon as I could. I will be going back up again.”

    Man, 71, rescued after falling during gorge hike

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Niagara Parks Police say emergency responders rescued a 71-year-old man from Germany who felll and injured himself while hiking in Niagara Gorge.

    At around 2:45 p.m., parks police, Niagara Falls firefighters and paramedics were called to the gorge in the area between Niagara Glen and Thompson’s Point.

    The man had been hiking with his family when he left a marked trail and fell 20 metres. His injuries prevented him from getting out of the gorge on his own.

    Zip line project enters next phase

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    From the Welland Tribune:

    Thrill seekers will soon be able to get strapped onto one of four high-speed zip lines and descend 670 metres into the Niagara Gorge.

    The Niagara Parks Commission announced this week it has received provincial approval to enter into an agreement with Niagara Adventure Excursions Inc., to bring a zip line and aerial adventure course to Niagara Falls.

    The zip line attraction will be at the Grand View Marketplace, located along the Niagara Prkwy. near the base of Clifton Hill.

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