Niagara Gazette — “It’s comparable to pushing out a docked ship, now we have to see if it floats,” May said. “We have to get it built, get it staffed, get it programmed... and support it to make it work.”
The Grigg-Lewis grant and the site mortgage are the largest parts of the funding, but a public fund drive is still needed. The amount needed to be raised hasn’t been determined yet.
State Sen. George Maziarz brought well-known wirewalker Nik Wallenda to Tuesday’s groundbreaking. Citing his belief in the importance of family friendly attractions, Wallenda shared with reporters his hope for a “family entertainment venue” in downtown Niagara Falls. Neither the site nor the funding has been figured out yet.
But, like the Lockport Ice Arena & Sports Center, Wallenda said his personal motto could be related to both projects.
“Never give up,” Wallenda said.BY THE NUMBERS • TOTAL COST: $13 million (with $4 million coming from the Grigg-Lewis Foundation) • FEATURES: Two NHL-sized ice rinks, seating for 630, training center and community room • SIZE: 93,500 square feet • ANTICIPATED OPENING: Fall 2014 Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.