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June 16, 2013

A year after walk, Falls officials balance expectations, realities of Wallenda's walk

A year later, city leaders look forward to even more publicity during daredevil's Grand Canyon crossing


Niagara Gazette — Unlike the Niagara Falls event, there won’t be large crowds assembled at the start and finish because the reservation is so isolated that the Discovery Channel had to build a two mile road to get people and equipment to the site of the walk, the senator said.

However, Maziaraz said he has been told that video of Wallenda’s walk over Niagara Falls will certainly be a part of the broadcast, as will Maziarz, who was the politician most instrumental in clearing Wallenda’s path to make the Niagara Falls walk across the gorge. “The Discovery Channel will be interviewing me about Nik’s Niagara Falls walk prior to his walk across the canyon,” Maziarz noted.

And while Wallenda’s recent interview in the Canadian paper, The Review, implied he was considering locating an daredevil attraction in the Niagara Falls, Ont., Maziarz said Wallenda has always said he wants to build an attraction on the American side and that throughout all their dealings, Wallenda has proven to be a man of his word.

“The mayor of Niagara Falls, Ontario is continually pitching Wallenda,” Maziaraz said. “But, Nik has indicated he’s going to build on the Niagara Falls (USA) side and he’s a person of his word. I trust him. We’re going to get him over here.”

Roger Trevino, vice president of Niagara Falls Redevelopment,  the person who first approached Wallenda about a coming to Niagara Falls, said he, too, will be attending the Grand Canyon walk. He would not say, however, whether any plans were in the works to place Wallenda’s attraction on the nearly 140 acres of land he oversees for NFR. “We never comment on business discussion,” he said, but added that overall, since Wallenda’s walk last summer, “there certainly has been interest in Niagara Falls.”

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