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    Niagara Glen a little greener

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Glen is a little greener after 37 Chinese students from two high schools in Beijing planted 10 red oak trees Saturday morning.

    The trees represent a bond of friendship with Canada and Niagara Falls, said Yaping Lee, vice-principal of Beijing Wenhui Middle School.

    “The taller they grow, the deeper our friendship will be,” said Lee.

    The event was meant to celebrate both the partnership between Toronto Catholic District School Board and Canada Global Education Exchange, as well as build awareness of the importance of planting trees.

    Conservatory to temporarily close for maintenance

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission’s Butterfly Conservatory will undergo a metamorphosis of sorts in the coming days.

    The popular tourist attraction will temporarily close Jan. 9 to allow staff to carry out general maintenance and cleaning jobs that can’t be completed when the site is open to the public.

    It will re-open Jan. 16.

    The large trees and vines in the tropical enclosure will be trimmed back, plants will be rearranged and paths will be given a good scrub down, said curator Cheryl Tyndall.

    The seven-day closure will also allow for the first phase of a project to renovate the auditorium.

    Unofficial start of Summer 2011


    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!

    Lots of damage around the rose garden in Queen Victoria Park

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    As I was out for a walk today, I could see some small branches here and there. However, once I got to the rose garden in Queen Victoria Park, there were 3 very large trees that had fallen over in the strong winds today.

    Niagara Glen a real treasure that needs to be protected

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    There’s probably no better place to teach children about birds, wildflowers and trees than by taking them on a hike in the Niagara Glen.

    “It’s all about raising an awareness for nature and the environment and hopefully our youth will do what they can to protect it,” said Bruce Macdonald, founding president of the Friends of the Niagara Parks – Niagara Glen Group.

    On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Friends of Niagara Glen, held their second annual Earth Day at the Glen. They were set up near the top of the access stairs and were joined by a number of other organizations including the Niagara Parks Commission, the Niagara Parks Police, the Niagara Falls Nature Club, Ontario Access Coalition, Leave No Trace and Scouts Canada. All had displays and representatives on hand to answer questions.

    Nice photos of Niagara Falls in Autumn 2010


    Yesterday I walked along the Niagara Parkway next to the Falls and in Queen Victoria Park. I took a bunch of pictures. It was overcast, so the sky doesn’t look great, but the colours of the leaves look good. I should have probably taken these a couple of weeks ago to get some more leaves on the trees, but I just didn’t think about it. Unfortunately, in the last couple of weeks we’ve had a lot of wind, so most of the leaves are off the trees now.

    You can see some of the thumbnails below, and the full versions in the Niagara Falls in Autumn 2010 gallery.

    Note: There were 3,241 images in 254 galleries/categories in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery at the time they were posted.

    More progress at Dinosaur Park Adventure Golf

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    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.

    Niagara casinos thinking green with trees

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    From Niagara This Week:

    More than a dozen new trees were planted along the Olympic Torch Run Legacy Trail in downtown Niagara Falls Friday, as part of Niagara Casinos’ green initiative.

    The first of the 14 trees was planted by Dave Brown, engineering shift manager with Niagara Casinos, who received the company’s first Green Leader Award for adopting environmental practices.

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