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    New focus at Niagara Glen Nature Centre

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    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.

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    Celebrate the Canada Day Weekend with Ontario’s Niagara Parks

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    From a Niagara Parks Commission press release seen at Niagara at Large:

    Niagara Parks is set to mark Canada’s 150th birthday with a full lineup of events over the July 1st weekend.

    Celebrate this momentous occasion at one of the country’s most iconic destinations with two days of entertainment featuring a free performance by Hollerado on Saturday, July 1; the launch of a brand-new Niagara Parks experience: Night Lights: Journey Behind the Falls After Dark; complimentary admission to Old Fort Erie and Laura Secord Homestead on Saturday, July 1; and bonus extended Falls Fireworks displays on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2.

    Review columnist says goodbye

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Sherman Zavitz has closed the book on one chapter in his life.

    Over the past 26 years, he has written around 900 columns on local history for the Niagara Falls Review. His final Niagara Note column will appear in Saturday’s newspaper.

    “It has become increasingly difficult for me to come up with solid, entertaining, suitable topics,” said Zavitz, the official historian for the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara Parks.

    “Rather than see the column decline in quality, I felt that maybe it’s time to retire. It was a tough decision to make.”

    Niagara Parks partners with Metrolinx for new Go Train travel package

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Metrolinx and Niagara Parks are teaming up to make it easier for people to experience one of the country’s top tourism destinations.

    The provincial transit agency’s seasonal Go Train service from downtown Toronto to Niagara resumes June 23 and, with the new partnership with Niagara Parks, visitors will be able to purchase travel packages that combine a round-trip GO Train ticket with access to the Wego transportation system.

    “We are truly excited to be working with Metrolinx on this project as we invite visitors to immerse themselves in the rich history, world-renowned gardens, trails and pathways and breathtaking natural beauty that characterize Niagara Parks and the entire Niagara region,” Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, said Monday at Table Rock.

    Special events prompt Niagara Falls road closures

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A half-marathon and television taping will result in a number of road closures along the Niagara Parkway and Clifton Hill over the next week.

    Following are closures and lane reductions that are scheduled:…

    Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon — Sunday, June 4

    Live with Kelly & Ryan Television Broadcast

    WEGO Service on Monday, June 5

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    Niagara Falls Review – Niagara Parks road closures

    Celebrate Spring at Annual Hydrangea Display at Niagara Parks’ Floral Showhouse

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    From a press release seen at Niagara at Large:

    Take in the dazzling sight of giant floral displays bursting with the colours of spring. Among this year’s features are enormous hanging baskets – some over five feet wide, overflowing with colourful hydrangeas.

    A seasonal specialty, the annual Hydrangea Display at the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse will run from Saturday, May 6 through to Friday, June 2.

    Niagara Parks unveils Canada 150 projects

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Canada’s 150th birthday will have Niagara Parks Commission gardeners busy this spring.

    Interactive gardens, a revitalized Niagara Glen and 30,000 red and white tulips will greet tourists this summer for the NPC’s commemorative programming for the country’s year-long celebration.

    Backed with $563,000 from the province’s Ontario150 Funding Program, the NPC has undertaken five legacy projects with the theme of Rooted.’

    During a media conference Tuesday, parks commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said the projects “speak to our mission and the ‘roots’ we have established over our rich 132-year history.” They also touch upon NPC’s anniversary campaign theme of Begin Here, “signifying Niagara Parks’ importance as a natural, cultural and heritage gateway.”

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    Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory to Host Wild Ontario Exhibit

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    From a Niagara Parks Commission press release seen on Niagara at Large:

    The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to welcome a new family-friendly, educational exhibit “Wild Ontario – A Celebration of Ontario’s Biodiversity,” that will be taking place at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory from Saturday, April 29 to Sunday, June 11.

    Visitors will be introduced to various fascinating species of mammals, amphibians, birds, fish, reptiles and invertebrates, all native to this province. Interactive and bilingual displays will explain Ontario’s three different Ecozones: the Hudson Bay Lowlands, the Ontario Shield and the Mixed Wood Plains, as well as the unique regions and habitats that can be found within these Ecozones.

    A Piece of History Gets Renovated

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    From the Niagara Parks blog:

    Drive through Dufferin Islands and you’ll notice a hut constructed of stone boulders located at the base of Burning Spring Hill. The former police hut is the last of its kind still standing from 1907 and will be renovated to preserve a significant piece of history within Niagara Parks.

    A complete overhaul will commence in Spring 2017 including a new cedar roof with copper cap, repaired block work, new masonry ledgers on existing window openings, and a number of structural repairs to wood and concrete throughout.

    Once completed it will serve as a location for light displays, interpretive information on Dufferin Islands and some explanation of the plants and animals of the area.

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