Niagara Gazette — Nik Wallenda might not be the only daredevil around here, although he takes the risks and walks those crazy high wires while crowds watch in awe.
As he returns to the region this summer for a 10-week stint at Darien Lake, local developers and officials are doing their own type of tightrope walk as efforts continue to find the aerialist a permanent place to perform in the city.
To an observer, those steps Wallenda took when he walked over the falls two years ago — cautious, measured, calm and controlled — might feel a lot like the reactions from those engaged in luring Nik’s star power back to the place where he brought the world.
And much like Nik’s walk over the river, and his more breathtaking stunt across the Grand Canyon last summer, there’s no way to tell how it will all end for the city.
The only sure thing is that small, deliberate steps are being taken and timing is critical to success, according to those with a interest in the outcome.
“As a policy we do not comment, however, what I can say, is there is tremendous value in continued interest from a number of stake holders that would love to work with Nik,” said Niagara Falls Redevelopment’s Executive Vice President Roger Trevino, who was the first to speak with Wallenda about a falls walk when the two met at a convention in Florida.
Since his history-making walk, Wallenda has indicated his desire for a permanent site in the Falls. There have been some public conversations about where a Wallenda showplace might be, including the Nabisco Plant owned by NFR; the Rainbow Boulevard parcel where developer Mark Hamister is planning to build a new hotel; developer Joe Anderson’s former snow park site and the land at the Seneca Niagara Casino where the former Niagara Splash waterpark once stood.