Niagara Gazette


December 11, 2012

GUEST VIEW: Setting record straight on parkway removal


Niagara Gazette — WHAT ABOUT REMOVAL FROM DOWNTOWN TO FINDLAY DRIVE? This idea is worthless, unacceptable if we want to realize the benefits of regional economic growth via eco-tourism as originally proposed.

EDR was aware of the fact that the stretch of the gorge rim between Findlay Drive and the city line at Devil’s Hole is the most environmentally significant, so essential to the vision of natural restoration, that they concluded, and recommended, that it be the first section removed.

POSTSCRIPT: OPRHP might be considered in opposition to removal, as well. State Parks has spent over $750,000 creating six possible “treatments” of the gorge rim (options), of which one is total removal — but over a year later has failed to present, as they promised to do, the two to three options selected for further study — and has currently installed new pavement on a southern portion of the gorge parkway.

It is the New Year’s wish of NHP that those in opposition to parkway removal recognize their wrong-headed thinking, that they decide to be rational: the parkway needs to go.  May they find the courage to stand for the vision that will restore our gorge-rim legacy for the generations to follow us. Lacking such insight and courage, if they still find themselves incapable of supporting removal, then at the very least, perhaps they’ll stop making things up about the NHP proposal.

Bob Baxter is the Conservation Chair of the Niagara Heritage Partnership.

Bob Baxter is the Conservation Chair of the Niagara Heritage Partnership

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