Niagara Gazette

May 14, 2014

Greenway funds to upgrade Niagara Falls State Park

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The state of New York will spend $9 million on a pair of restoration projects at Niagara Falls State Park.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Tuesday the approval by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Niagara River Greenway Fund Standing Committee of $3.83 million for restoration efforts at Terrapin Point, one of two major observation areas overlooking the falls and the lower Niagara Gorge on the American side. 

In addition, Cuomo’s office said the committee also approved roughly $5.1 million for rehabilitation of the plaza adjacent to the Cave of the Winds and Pavilion Building. 

Both projects have been deemed consistent with the Niagara River Greenway Plan and are part of ongoing work at the state park, according to Cuomo.

“New York has some of the most beautiful parks in the nation and our administration is working hard to ensure the preservation of these spectacular recreational areas for future generations,” Cuomo said in a release from his office. “By funding these restoration projects we are building a new and improved Niagara Falls State Park that will continue to attract visitors from around the world for years to come.” 

Once complete, Terrapin Point will be ADA-accessible, feature native plantings, a new circulation system and new pavement and railings, all of which Cuomo’s office said will “improve the experience of viewing Horseshoe Falls from this popular vantage point.” Construction is set to begin in spring of 2015. 

The plaza next to the Cave of the Winds and Pavilion Building will feature a new comfort station, information and ticket centers, an improved pedestrian circulation system, native plantings, seating and pavement. Construction is scheduled to begin next month and will be phased in over the next few years.

“This work continues the incredible makeover of the crown jewel of our park system,” state parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “This work continues the incredible makeover of the crown jewel of our park system. Terrapin Point is perhaps the best place to feel the power of the falls and with this work, more people will be able to enjoy it as well as experiencing it in a more natural setting.”