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    Theatre proposal would impact view of falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission (OLG) is expected to announce the winning proposal for a new 5,000-seat theatre next month, but one of the submissions already has the city concerned. Read More…

    Region throws support behind summer games bid

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    This isn’t exactly related to the main Niagara Falls tourism district, but if a large event is held in the region, it would certainly bring a lot of tourists.

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Region has put its support behind a bid to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games.

    Council committed $85,000 Thursday to have Niagara Sport Commission develop a formal bid proposal for the two-week competition.

    The funds will allow the commission to develop preliminary and comprehensive bid proposals that, if approved by council upon completion, will be submitted for consideration.

    Hotel Deal Still Stalled in Niagara Falls

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    And so it continues.

    After five weeks of recess, Tuesday’s city council meeting in Niagara Falls ended without a vote on the $25 million hotel proposal from developer Mark Hamister, once again stalling a project that could bring tens of millions of dollars to this struggling city.

    “I am just baffled,” Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti said. “We had 30 days. I assumed that after we came off a break, we’d be voting, I’ve literally spent the last 5 weeks of my life focused on this.”

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    • WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo – Hamister hotel project again delayed

    NPC unveils plans for Niagara zip line attraction

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    From the St Catharines Standard:

    Four zip line attractions could be up and running next year in Niagara Falls if a proposal by the Niagara Parks Commission gets the green light.

    The agency held a public information session Thursday at the School of Horticulture to unveil plans for what it hopes will be the newest Niagara Falls attraction.

    The proposed zip line sites include a line that runs parallel to the Whirlpool Aero Car above the whirlpool and a second one that would run from the Maid of the Mist boat plaza to the power station near the base of the Falls.

    A third line will operate from Rapidsview parking lot and a fourth will be at Thompson Point.

    NPC postpones zip line talks

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A public meeting concerning the establishment of a zip line attraction by the Niagara Parks Commission never got off the ground Thursday.

    The session, scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Legends on the Niagara Golf Course, was cancelled abruptly after NPC staff had recommended taking more time to determine whether to even go ahead with the venture.

    The commission first met behind closed doors to discuss the proposal, but when it came time for the public portion of the meeting, people who had shown up, including the media, were told the public meeting had been cancelled.

    “We had a recommendation from staff that we postpone (the meeting) to a future date,” chair Janice Thomson said. She said couldn’t say anything more because the commission was engaged in a procurement process.

    Zip-line decision expected by year’s end

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The public should know by the end of the year whether a zip-line attraction above Niagara Parks Commission property will be a go.

    Staff is preparing a report on the idea, which commissioners will likely deal with at their December meeting, said NPC chairwoman Janice Thomson.

    She said the report will include input from professionals and the public, staff comments on how to possibly mitigate concerns and any potential amendments to the concept. It will outline pros and cons between the parks commission potentially operating the attraction versus the private sector.

    Thomson acknowledges any proposal dealing with nature areas can strike a nerve with people. That’s why she’s pleased with the “tremendous level of support” the possibility of two new zip-line attractions at Dufferin Islands and Thompson Point, which is directly across from Whirlpool Golf Course, has received.

    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.

    Another street name change

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    A while ago it was announced that Roberts St would be renamed to Falls Avenue. Well, Falls Avenue also continues on straight from where it is now, so this doesn’t really make sense. To fix it, there is a proposal to change the name of Falls Avenue beyound the 420 (up to John St as Blondin Ave

    Wallenda needs Canadian approval or Falls walk proposal is dead: New York State Parks

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    So as the details of the Nik Wallenda/Michael Chan meeting were coming out, there were also reports that if this is going to happen at all, it has to happen as a walk between the two countries. Apparently New York State officials have said a walk solely on the US side is not an option. It would cost too much money. This doesn’t really make sense to me. One of the big things that Mr. Wallenda was promoting to the Niagara Parks was that it wouldn’t cost them anything, as he would cover the costs for everything. If he would do that here, wouldn’t he do that in the US?

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s America to Canada — or bust — for Nik Wallenda, according to New York State Parks.

    In a statement sent to The Niagara Falls Review Friday evening, New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said she has reached out to the tightrope walker to inform him the agency can’t support a high-wire act limited to the American Falls.

    Wallenda has not been able to secure approval for an international crossing from Canadian authorities.

    “A walk limited to the American Falls is not what New York approved or envisioned in legislation authorizing Nik Wallenda to traverse the Niagara River Gorge from the United States to Canada,” Harvey said in the statement.

    “The costs to New York State of managing a walk only across the American Falls would exceed $1 million in direct state expenses, while, because of the physical topography of Niagara Falls and crowd-safety concerns, the number of people who could watch such a walk would be extremely limited.

    “As a result, despite the costs to New York State, the vast majority of people on the U.S. side would be turned away from the park and never see the walk.”

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