From the Niagara Falls Review:
The Niagara Parks Commission began road work this week on the Niagara Parkway, and will be making improvements to five locations along the Niagara River Recreation Trail.
Each year, Niagara Parks invests capital funding toward the maintenance of its properties, gardens, parklands, facilities, recreational trails and parkway.
From the Niagara Gazette:
For many years it served as a battleground of sorts in an at-times bitter community conversation about the value of the roadway.
Today, the parkway formerly known as Robert Moses has been renamed the Niagara Scenic Parkway and substantial portions on both the north and south ends have either been slated for large-scale changes or are already in the process of being reconfigured.
Financial support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development initiative paved the way for new, multi-million-dollar parkway plans.
From the Niagara Falls Reporter:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, through his associates at State Parks and the New York Power Authority, sometime over the past week perpetrated an act of such petty vindictiveness and blatant contempt for Niagara Falls that we thought it appropriate to come up with a special name for his attitude towards us…
The Dec. 8 issue of the Niagara Falls Reporter hit the newsstands and the internet last Thursday morning. It featured an article headlined “Feds to Cuomo: Parkway Signage out of Compliance”.
At some point over the succeeding four days, as of 11 am on Monday, Dec. 12, a brand-new, large, obtrusive “motherboard” sign, identical to those that, as we previously reported, have been determined by the Federal Highway Administration to be dangerously distracting and in violation of traffic safety regulations and ordered removed by the agency, was erected along the Robert Moses Parkway as it traverses the Niagara Power Project.
This story isn’t particularly interesting, other than the fact they are complaining about a highway sign. I think Niagara Falls, NY has a lot to offer, but I don’t think highway signs are their biggest problem.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The 28th annual CAA Winter Festival of Lights will be brighter, larger and most definitely longer.
This year’s event will stretch an extra three weeks, running Nov. 6 to Jan. 31 to accommodate holiday-weary visitors who don’t have time to visit during the Christmas rush.
In addition, the festival’s scenic route along the Niagara Parkway will now extend down to Queen St. with a new district called Santa’s Village. In addition to the 125 light displays and three million individual lights, it makes this Canada’s largest lights festival, and among the largest in North America.
On Saturday I walked down to the “Rink at the Brink” to take a few pictures. It was around 1 pm, and there were about 15 people skating. I had read the article in the Review about the fences, and they’re right! It is very difficult to actually get in.
This first picture shows the fences, and that they run along the road separating the rink from the public. It also shows all of the empty land that people have to walk across in order to get to the rink.
This picture shows the side of the rink, with the “windows”. Apparently they open/roll them up sometimes.
Here you can see inside the rink.
Here is the entire rink enclosure, as seen from across the street.
Here is a panorama of the area from the Falls to the rink.