From the Niagara Falls Review:
The first in what is expected to be a multi-phase revitalization along Victoria Avenue has been approved by city council.
The city will contribute $2.9 million towards the $3.5-million phase, while the Victoria Centre BIA will contribute up to $600,000, conditional on a spring 2016 start.
In 2014, the BIA and municipal staff developed a streetscape master plan outlining improvement ideas for the district, located in the tourist area of Niagara Falls.
The plan calls for accessible sidewalks, benches, decorative lighting, street trees and landscaping, gateway features, attraction and performance space, resurfaced roadways and public washroom facilities.
From the St Catharines Standard:
It can be a driver’s traffic nightmare – getting to or from the Rainbow Bridge and having to use Falls Ave, Roberts St. or Bender Hill.
There’s no easy way in or out, and when combined with tourists who might not be sure where they are going, it compounds the problem.
Niagara Region has looked at this issue and conducted an environmental assessment study to assess alternative ways of improving access from the Rainbow Bridge to the Niagara Falls tourist area.
You may recall that I recently went to the Bird Kingdom (be sure to check out the pictures and videos). When we went, we decided to walk there. We were in the main tourist area around Clifton Hill, so we walked down the hill and under the Rainbow Bridge. I took a few pictures of the scenery around there.
As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below. Visit the Rainbow Bridge in Summer 2012 gallery to see the rest of the images along with the larger sizes.
Note: There are now 3,509 images in 269 galleries.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
A road with three names could soon have just one in downtown Niagara Falls.
Regional council’s public works committee has recommended letting the city rename Roberts St. and Newman Hill to Falls Ave., matching the stretch of road running through the city’s tourist area.
What about Victoria Ave, Ferry St, and Lundy’s Lane?
The big news today is that the proposed replacement system for the People Mover system has been approved. The new Visitor Transportation System will shuttle guests to a lot of places around the tourist area and downtown. Here are some links to stories with the details:
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!
I know that summer doesn’t officially end in this part of the world until September 21, but in this tourist area it might as well be over. The beginning of September and the passing of Labour Day makrs the beginning of school. That means that family vacations are no more. The weekends might still be busy here, but things are significantly slower during the week.
So, how as Summer 2010? It’s hard to get a good read on this. Admittedly, I haven’t contacted anyone who their input (I don’t think they’d give me an honest answer anyway), but my impression was that it was a better year that they’ve had the last couple. Here are a few of my own observations (including some comments I’ve made before):
- There often seemed to be a lot of people around
- There were more US license plates seen
- The weather was fantastic
- Apparently the motorcycle get-together, and the Elvis festival were not big hits
- The new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville opened and always seems to have a decent number of people in it
- I didn’t go, but it sounds like the party for the opening of the Hart & Huntington tattoo shop was the place to be
Hopefully the last couple of years were the bottom, and with improved business will come even more growth. I assume that the new convention centre will only help…
From a PR Web press release (via Yahoo! News):
CliftonHill.com, the official web portal for the Clifton Hill Tourist Area, in Niagara Falls, Canada, announced the launch of its newly designed website today. The redesigned website, CliftonHill.com, makes it easier than ever to plan a getaway to the Niagara Falls’ premier entertainment and dining district.
“It’s our goal to provide a comprehensive guide of the Clifton Hill area and make it as easy as possible for people to plan their trip and have the most Fun by the Falls,” said Nicholas Tritchew, Project Manager.