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    Local parks group feels ‘misled’ over zipline

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After withdrawing its concerns about Niagara Parks Commission’s new zipline last year, Preserve Our Parks is having “second thoughts” now that it’s up and running.

    Group spokesman James Bannister says members will meet July 26 to discuss concerns about the attraction, which opened to the public last Friday. Bannister says some members of Preserve Our Parks feel “misled” after a meeting with parks commission members last year.

    “Looking at it from River Road, it’s not terribly esthetically pleasing,” he says, referring to the tower at Grand View Marketplace where riders get strapped in for the 660-metre descent into the Niagara Gorge.

    “The tower (already) there was not a bad looking building — a structure you could climb up and look out over the falls. Then all of a sudden it gained about another storey in height, which is basically just steel and cables.”

    Parkway removal bid gains Canadian support

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    A bid to remove a section of the Robert Moses Parkway has drawn interest from a few groups in Canada.

    Several Ontario-based organizations have signed an online petition advocating for the elimination of the 6.5 mile parkway section along the top of the Niagara Gorge between Niagara Falls and Lewiston.

    The Niagara Restoration Council, Friends of Niagara Falls, Preserve Our Parks, the Niagara Falls Nature Club and the Bert Miller Nature Club of Fort Erie all have endorsed the Niagara Heritage Partnership’s effort to have the stretch of parkway removed. To date, a total of 81 local, state, national and international organizations have supported the proposal. The list includes 30 Niagara Falls Block Clubs and several of the city’s business organizations.

    “This growing international support demonstrates an increasing recognition that gorge parkway removal has high value — for the ecological restoration of the gorge we share and for the economic benefits arising from the natural world,” Partnership Chair Bob Baxter said.

    NPC holds speakers to 5 minutes

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Five minutes isn’t enough time to explain complicated legal or financial positions during Niagara Parks Commission meetings, says James Bannister, a consultant and member of the Preserve Our Parks group that monitors what goes on at the commission.

    During their monthly meeting Friday, commissioners adopted a five-minute time limit for presentations from members of the public. How long and how often to let members of the public address commissioners is one of the issues members of the provincial agency responsible for the land and attractions along the Niagara River had to come to terms with as a result of their December decision to hold their meetings in public.

    Bannister, a retired lawyer, looked at his watch while acting chairman Archie Katzman read a two-page report.

    “It took him four and a half minutes to get through that and he was kind of skimming. That shows you the limits of what you can get done in five minutes,” Bannister said.

    Council must mind its own glass house

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    They’ve got a lot of nerve on city council to criticize the Niagara Parks Commission over the appearance of Queen Victoria Park, when the city pumps raw sewage into the Niagara River.

    City councillors like to dole out the free advice, but they’re in a big glass house when it comes to telling any other government agency how to run things better.

    At Monday’s meeting, council is giving a soapbox to Preserve Our Parks, a watchdog group that keeps tabs on the parks commission…

    It probably wouldn’t take much effort to drive around Niagara Falls and see a bunch of similar damage at city-owned buildings, pothole-covered roads or long grass at parks.

    Parks commission ‘neglecting’ maintenance, citizens group alleges

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    If Queen Victoria Park looks bad, all of Niagara Falls looks bad, says a citizens group concerned about what its members say is the deterioration of buildings, roads, sidewalks and streetlights on Niagara Parks Commission property.

    The Preserve Our Parks group acquired about 60 photographs of what its members call “neglect and deterioration” of the park.

    “We think the people have a right to see these photos. I think they’ll be appalled,” said Pat Mangoff, an organizer of the Preserve Our Parks group, a self-appointed watchdog group.

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