I posted back at the beginning of March that the crocus and other plants were starting to come up. Well, with all of this rain and temperatures in the teens, the daffodils are everywhere!
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Council is petitioning the province to properly maintain Highway 420, one of the main tourist arteries into Niagara Falls.
The appearance of the highway, which connects the QEW to the city, has been a thorn in city council’s side since Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation did some highway work in 2003.
The province rebuilt the median dividing the east and westbound traffic. At first, the MTO put in a variety of flora filling the median. But councillors complained the plants were ugly and weeds were taking over. The province then put gravel fill into the planter, but council complained weeds were still growing in the gravel.
On Tuesday, Coun. Wayne Thomson said there’s a reluctance on the province’s part to keep Highway 420 from looking like “hell.”
“They should properly manicure the site and come up with a solution to the unsightly entrance into the city,” he said.
There have been some new dinosaurs put out at Dinosaur Adventure Golf on Clifton Hill. Along with the new dinosaurs, the existing ones have been fixed up (it is terrible the damage that people do to things), and some new plants have gone in. It’s looking good.
From Niagara This Week:
It’s not only the plants and flowers that are getting a head start on the season.
A mild winter and even balmier spring means an early start to the season for the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours.
The boats are scheduled to take to the water on April 19, one of the company’s earliest season starts ever.
The April 19 date is almost two weeks ahead of the average start time for the tour season.
Yes, Summer doesn’t start until June 21, but this weekend and next weekend are the unofficial start of Summer in the tourist area of Niagara Falls. I would think that generally the industry likes it when Memorial Day and Victoria Day fall on different weekends, like this year.
It doesn’t seem like much was done over the winter that will be noticeable. There are some hotels and restaurants that changed names, but very little construction. Probably the one big one is Dinosaur Adventure Golf. It sure looks like it will open soon. The dinosaurs look amazing. The only drawback is that it will take a couple of years for the plants and trees to mature and give it a nicer “jungle” sort of look.
Based on the people I’ve seen around on the weekends in the last month or so, it seems like this summer could be strong. Let’s hope so!
For the longest time, the only work that was happening at the future site of Dinosaur park Adventure Golf (behind Niagara SkyWheel on Clifton Hill) was on the big volcano. The only other work I saw was that they started to pour concrete for the holes.
As indicated previously, I was on vacation for a while, and didn’t make it to Niagara Falls the whole time. Well, I can’t believe how much has been done. Wow! It looks like almost all of the holes have been poured. They’ve also taken out the grassy area and the trees/plants and dug it al up. There is now fencing that goes almost all the way to the back of Canada Trading Company/Tim Hortons. The sign for Dinosaur Park that was in the courtyard area is also gone.