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    Ontario’s Niagara Parks celebrates 80th Anniversary of Oakes Garden Theatre

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    From a Niagara Parks Commission press release seen at Niagara at Large (from September 18):

    In a ceremony held today, The Niagara Parks Commission was pleased to rededicate the awe-inspiring amphitheatre, Oakes Garden Theatre, in celebration of the venue’s 80th anniversary.

    Oakes Garden Theatre and its associated Rainbow Gardens are outstanding examples of design and architecture created to specifically act as a dramatic gateway to Canada. Influenced by the City Beautiful architectural movement of the mid-20th century, the venue was first opened to the public with an original dedication ceremony held on September 18, 1937.

    Oakes Garden Theatre celebrates 80th annivesrary

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A ceremony to mark the official re-dedication of Oakes Garden Theatre in Niagara Falls will be held Monday.

    The 4 p.m. event will showcase the recently completed restoration work at the Niagara Parks landmark and includes a Canadian Citizenship ceremony.

    Indigenous music rumbles Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Across both sides of the river, drums played back and forth during the opening ceremony of Rumble at the Falls on Saturday night at Oakes Garden Theatre in Niagara Falls.

    Though they were tough to hear at some parts from the other side, during the swells of traditional Indigenous drums and singing, the message was clear across the Niagara River — Indigenous people are still here and still rocking today.

    Following the kickoff, the music was loud and spirits high as the sounds of rock and blues filled the air of Clifton Hill, featuring Indigenous musicians including two-time Juno Award winner Derek Miller.

    Join ‘The Indians Who Rocked the World’ for a ‘RUMBLE AT THE FALLS’

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

    “RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World” presents RUMBLE AT THE FALLS, offered by Rezolution Pictures in association with the Niagara Parks Commission and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

    This signature live concert event will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017, 7:30 PM, at Niagara Parks’ Oakes Garden Theatre, overlooking the powerful Niagara Falls.

    Top 10 names in mining

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    Surprisingly this article from the Sudbury Star talks about Harry Oakes but doesn’t mention at all his time in Niagara Falls or his contributions to the city, and the many locations that are named after him. For those who don’t know, Harry Oakes is connected to Oakes Garden Theatre (at the foot of Clifton Hill), Oak Hall (the Niagara Parks Commission headquarters), and the HOCO property on Clifton Hill.

    Canada is one of the great mining countries in the world. With the second-largest land mass and an entrepreneurial junior and senior mining culture – Toronto is the mine financing capital of the world for a reason – the mineral sector has been an integral part of this country’s history.

    Next year Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the signing of confederation, when a number of widely scattered British colonies joined forces to avoid being swallowed up by the expanding American giant to the south. Since the mainstream media largely ignores the enormous contributions of the mineral sector, it was time to highlight the top 10 movers and shakers in mining.

    The list is only focused on mine builders not mine finders…

    No. 10: The Golden Boys – Noah Timmins (Hollinger) and Harry Oakes (Lakeshore)

    Sharing the 10th spot on the list is Noah Timmins and Harry Oakes, well-known mine builders in the Timmins and Kirkland Lake camps, respectively…

    American-born and well-known for his cantankerous personality, Harry Oakes played an instrumental role in transforming Kirkland Lake into one of the world’s most significant gold camps…

    Public gets peek at Oakes Garden Theatre renos

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The new Oakes Garden Theatre is going to look a lot like the old Oakes Garden Theatre.

    Restoration of the theatre’s distinctive pergola wall, dismantled because of safety concerns in 2012, will utilize the original stone pulled from a local quarry when complete, possibly by this summer. Only it will be anchored with a steel “structural spine” to better withstand the area’s wet conditions, said lead architect Emilio Raimondo of Niagara Falls-based Raimondo & Associates Architects Inc.

    Speaking Saturday at an information session hosted by the Niagara Falls Municipal Heritage Committee, Raimondo said the rubble originally used to fill the wall’s support pillars in 1935 “acted as a sponge” over the decades.

    Pieces of the wall, requiring 113 skids and two transport trucks, are in storage waiting to rise again.

    “Hopefully, it’ll be there for another hundred years,” said Raimondo.

    I didn’t even know that it was being renovated…

    Tear down the wall: Oakes Garden pergola dismantled by NPC

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The pergola wall at Oakes Garden Theatre has come down, but no one knows when it’s going back up.

    As announced earlier this year, the Niagara Parks Commission has removed the historic wall at the upper slope of the amphitheatre located at the base of Clifton Hill because of safety concerns.

    Rather than scrap the wall, the plan is to reconstruct it with the original materials … some day.

    I was by the other day, and it’s all gone now.

    Niagara Parkway moving west along section above falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The plan has been talked about for years. The goal is to reduce congestion in the area of the Horseshoe Falls.

    The plan calls for the relocation of the Niagara Parkway to the west just south of Table Rock.

    Residents had an opportunity to view the plan, along with two others, when the Niagara Parks Commission held a public information session Wednesday at the Whirlpool Public Golf Course on the Niagara Parkway.

    The other two plans related to the year-round, fully accessible Falls Incline Railway and repairs at Oakes Garden Theatre.

    The relocation of the Niagara Parkway would begin just past what is known as the Bridge Of Flowers at Table Rock and would involve changes to the current parking lot behind the old Canadian Niagara Power building and the area near the Niagara Floral Showhouse.

    “This is a proposal. Right now, we are getting feedback from the public and stakeholders so that then we can make some changes based on some of that feedback and hopefully finalize a plan that we can move forward with,” said Marcelo Gruosso, executive director of engineering and planning for the NPC.

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