From the Niagara Gazette:
Nik Wallenda’s motto in life is never quit.
So when asked Wednesday about remaining opposition to his plan to walk a wire across the Canadian Falls, he said he’s approaching the whole effort as if failure isn’t an option.
“My dream actually is to walk right into the middle of that mist and disappear and walk out the other end,” said Wallenda who joined local officials during a press conference at the Top of the Falls Restaurant overlooking the spot on Goat Island where he said he would like to take his first step on his wirewalking journey.
From the Niagara Gazette:
Nik Wallenda is scheduled to meet with state officials today to discuss the progress of his plan to perform a high-wire walk over the Niagara Gorge.
Wallenda will discuss the logistical aspects of the proposed wire walk with representatives from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York State Park Police and the Niagara Falls police and fire departments.
After the private meeting, Wallenda is expected to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. at the Top of the Falls Restaurant to offer an update on his plans.
“This meeting is an opportunity to discuss the logistical aspects of how Wallenda’s high-wire walk could work,” said state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, who organized the meeting. “This is a time to get questions answered and concerns addressed. I’m confident we can overcome any perceived difficulties with the walk by keeping an open dialogue and communicating our needs.”
WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo also has an article/video about the meeting.
- Niagara Falls Becomes Setting for Death Defying Stunt
From The Independent (in the UK):
It takes a cool head, impeccable balance, and plenty of self-confidence to walk unaided across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Unfortunately, for daredevil Nik Wallenda, it also requires formal permission from local bureaucrats.
The 32-year-old circus performer is bidding to become the first person in more than a century to perform the high-wire stunt, reviving a tradition of derring-do which stretches back to the destination’s golden era. But first, he needs a rubber stamp from Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission.
The article also has a nice history of the various daredevils over the years.
Here are a few more articles that I’ve found that mention Nic Wallenda. He is the guy who wants to walk on a wire above Niagara Falls. NY side has approved it, but the Canadian side hasn’t.
Nik Wallenda, the man who recently got approval from New York State legislators to walk across the Falls on a wire, was on the NBC Today Show a couple of days ago. it isn’t a long segment, but he talked about some of the walks he’s done, and his desire to walk over Niagara Falls. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video…
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Since he was a boy Nik Wallenda has dreamed of walking over Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
“It’s just something I’ve wanted to do my entire life,” said Wallenda, 32, a U.S.-based highwire walker who hopes to do a 2,200-foot crossing of the Niagara River Gorge and Horseshoe Falls next summer.
That lifelong dream got a boost from lawmakers on the American side of the Niagara River on Wednesday when the New York State Assembly voted overwhelmingly, with just one dissenting member, to permit Wallenda to do the walk. Before that, the state Senate voted 62-0 to give him the OK.
But Wallenda needs more than just the support from Albany if he is to realize his dream. To cross into Canada, he would need the approval of the Niagara Parks Commission, an agency that has long been opposed to such endeavours.