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YESTERDAY AND TODAY: Bridging the Niagara Gorge

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The first bridges across the Niagara River (first for pedestrians and carriages, later also allowing for railroad traffic) opened in the late 1840s and early 1850s. They were a good distance away from the Falls, crossing the Niagara Gorge where the CN crosses today at the eastern end of Bridge Street in Niagara Falls.

The success of those first bridges in that area led to a desire to have similar bridges much closer to the Falls. So it was that in 1867 work began on the first bridge that would cross the Gorge further south, two miles closer to the Falls.

That first Falls View bridge was a suspension bridge that lasted from 1867 to 1889. It was finally blown down in a storm in January 1889, but within five months it was replaced by a second Falls View suspension bridge.

Niagara Parks issues RFP for development of Queen Victoria Park concept master plan

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Niagara Parks Commission has issued a formal Request for Proposals to the planning, architectural and landscape architectural consultant community to help develop a renewed master plan that will become the provincial agency’s blueprint for the future.

The purpose of the master plan is to guide continued development, programming and management of Niagara Parks lands within the Queen Victoria Park area while also protecting and preserving the natural and historic features within the area, said Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission.

Under the RFP, the Queen Victoria Park area is defined as Niagara Parks lands between the Rainbow Bridge and Kingsbridge Park in Chippawa.

Shuttle ferries visitors from around the world to Niagara’s attractions

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From the Buffalo News:

Outside the arched windows of the Discover Niagara Shuttle, the sights passed by – the Rainbow Bridge, the quaint shops of Lewiston, the Power Vista, a living quilt stitched together by glimpses of the green water of the Niagara River.

Inside the shuttle were people from all over the world.

They gazed at the passing scene, studied the fold-out maps that outlined each stop on the shuttle route, or watched the screen in the front of the car, which played a video loop about the attractions and business partners.

Since urban renewal ripped out the heart of downtown Niagara Falls in the 1970s, tourism experts have faced the challenge of keeping visitors for longer than the hours it takes to see the falls, ride the Maid of the Mist and maybe see the Cave of the Winds.

What beautiful spring weather! (photos)

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Yesterday was a warm and beautiful day in Niagara Falls. As I was out for a walk at lunch, I took a bunch of pictures. Enjoy!

Limited construction expected at Niagara Falls bridge crossings this season

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From WBFO News:

Cross-border travelers have more than Canada’s sesquicentennial to celebrate this summer. Canada’s history is going to change recent history on the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission’s three crossings this summer.
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Bridge commission elects 2017 officers

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

American businessman Russell Quarantello has been elected chairman of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, while Canadian accountant John Lopinski has been elected vice chairman.

The commission, which is a bi-national entity that owns and operates the Rainbow, Whirlpool Rapids and Queenston-Lewiston bridges between Canada and the United States, elected its 2017 slate of officers during its recent annual general meeting.

Quarantello was appointed to the commission in March 2012 and lives in Lewiston, N.Y. He serves as the business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 237. He is a master electrician who has worked for numerous contractors over the years.

Man goes over Niagara Falls as tourists look on

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From the Norwalk Reflector:

A Norwalk native and her husband received an unpleasant surprise when they visited Niagara Falls.

Jill (Morr) Spildener, along with her husband, Jamie, visited the Falls area on Friday. The Berea couple parked on the American side, walked across Rainbow Bridge to Canada, and then made their way down toward Horseshoe Falls on foot.

Upon arrival, tourists were abuzz about something that just happened and police were at the scene.

“Approximately five minutes before we arrived at the Horseshoe Falls, a middle-aged man was seen floating face up in the river and went over the falls,” Spildener said. “He was conscious and coherent because he was looking at onlookers as he went by and said something just before he disappeared from view. No one was able to make out what he said.

Gorge restoration planned

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

More than 40 acres along the Niagara Gorge on the American side between the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow bridges will undergo a three-year, $1-million restoration.

“This gorge is one of the most important places ecologically in the world with the plant diversity that it has, with the fresh water resource that we have at the Niagara River, with migratory bird habitat going through and across the gorge, with fish spawning habitat underneath,” said Jajean Rose, deputy executive director for the Western New York Land Conservancy.

“If we don’t do this work the diversity of plants and animals will continue to decrease and we’ll lose species. What this project will do is restore that natural, high bio-diversity corridor.”

Border delays concern Niagara Falls councillor

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From Niagara This Week:

Wayne Thompson got a first-hand look Sunday at delays being experienced by motorists crossing into Canada at the Rainbow Bridge.

“They were lined up for two, three blocks back on both sides,” Thomson said. “It was unbelievable.”

While it took him just 20 minutes to cross into Niagara Falls, N.Y., he faced a 90-minute wait up his return to Canada.

He said that while he holds a NEXUS card and normally would use the Whirpool Bridge to cross into Niagara Falls, N.Y., he was with his grandson, who isn’t a cardholder.

“We had to drive over the Rainbow Bridge and it was loaded,” he said.

Man’s fall shuts down Rainbow Bridge lanes

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A major international bridge in the Niagara Falls’ tourist district closed its U.S.-bound lanes for two hours Sunday after a man tumbled into the gorge.

Niagara Falls firefighters on the Canadian side of the border parked their aerial truck on the Rainbow Bridge and rescued a 25-year-old man from below.

“He got hauled out of the gorge, up onto the top of the Rainbow Bridge where we transferred the care into EMS hands,” said Niagara Falls Fire Department platoon chief Pete Methner.

Methner said the man had only minor injuries and was taken to hospital for assessment.

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