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Niagara Parks begin parkway, trail improvements

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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.

Road removal plan seeks to connect Niagara Falls to ‘greatest waterfront in the world’

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From the Buffalo News:

The plan calls for removing a 2-mile section of the Niagara Scenic Parkway in Niagara Falls.

And it’s getting some good reviews.

“We certainly see it as a positive opportunity for us,” said Gary K. Siddall, executive director of the Aquarium of Niagara. “There’s a lot of obstruction (now) with the bridge over the parkway and the parkway itself. It cuts us off from the tourist areas.”

Reshaping Niagara’s scenic parkway

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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.

New Sign on Parkway shows Cuomo’s Contempt for City, Reporter, Feds

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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.

Robert Moses Parkway changes appear unlikely anytime soon

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From the Buffalo News:

With the summer tourist season fast approaching, the controversial Robert Moses Parkway between Niagara Falls and Lewiston appears likely to remain unchanged for the immediate future.

The city’s Tourism Advisory Board has endorsed dismantling that section of the parkway, a committee chairman said last week.

But the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the lead agency in planning the parkway’s future, still is gathering ideas and residents’ suggestions for what should be done with the roadway.

The Parsons Group, a consulting company, has been retained to present four alternatives but not a specific recommendation.

Moses Parkway poll supports compromise

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From the Buffalo News:

A significant majority of partisans on both sides of the issue agreed Tuesday that there is hope for a compromise on the future of the Robert Moses Parkway that would please some people but would anger others.

An unscientific poll among 180 people at a meeting in the Earl W. Brydges Public Library showed that 62 percent of them felt a reasonable compromise could be reached somewhere between the extremes of removing the parkway altogether or restoring it to its original concept of a four-lane divided highway along the upper rim of the Niagara River gorge between Niagara Falls and Lewiston.

Moses still on meandering detour

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From the Buffalo News:

The Robert Moses State Parkway, hailed a half-century ago as a marvel of modern highway engineering that would give millions of motorists a new perspective of the Niagara River and its famous falls, may have become a road to oblivion.

The objective was to provide a fast, efficient and safe way for people to drive rapidly along the river’s edge and enjoy its spectacular views without having to dodge pedestrians or worry about cross-street traffic.

It was a way to open the river’s vistas to drivers and passengers who otherwise may never have been able to find a place to park, and it was free of charge.

The idea of a limited-access, scenic parkway with wide, sweeping curves that wound right through the state park at the brink of the American Falls seemed like an idea whose time had come in the mid-20th century. And it was named in honor of the state’s master builder of the time: Robert Moses.

But a growing chorus of detractors has formed over the last few decades calling for change — and in some cases demolition — of all or some of the parkway, and state officials again are considering what to do about it.

Long-term future of Moses Parkway will be focus of Wednesday meeting

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From the Buffalo News:

Ways to influence the long-term future of the Robert Moses Parkway between Niagara Falls and Lewiston will be discussed at a meeting Wednesday in the Town of Lewiston.

Organizations with an interest in the parkway have been invited to send one or two people “to present the concerns” of their groups.

The state Office of Parks, lead agency in planning for the future of the parkway, said the purpose of the meeting is to gather information from a range of interested parties “to ensure project decisions will be made with full consideration of public input.”

Festival stretched an extra three weeks

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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.

A few “Rink at the Brink” pictures

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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.
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This picture shows the side of the rink, with the “windows”. Apparently they open/roll them up sometimes.
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Here you can see inside the rink.
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Here is the entire rink enclosure, as seen from across the street.
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Here is a panorama of the area from the Falls to the rink.
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