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Niagara Falls, NY - Work begins on the final phase of improvements at Niagara Falls State Park. The work will be near the Prospect Street entrance at the foot of Old Falls Street, including the bus drop off area.
For Immediate Release: May 7, 2018
Contact: Angela Berti/ (716) 278-1764
Final Phase of Work to Begin at Niagara Falls State Park
Prospect St. Entrance Area Completes Multi-Year Restoration of Park
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced that work will begin today, Monday, May 7, 2018 to reconstruct the Prospect Street frontage of Niagara Falls State Park. This project will complete the work that began in 2011 to revitalize the nation’s oldest state park.
When complete, the project will result in a more seamless connection between the park and the City of Niagara Falls which will help visitors better orient with the offerings both inside and outside of the park. Additionally, pedestrian and vehicular safety will be addressed through the redesign of the motor coach arrival area and the patron experience will be enhanced through general landscaping changes, clearer signage, uniform park furnishings and improved pedestrian circulation.
“The improvements here at Niagara Falls State Park that have been completed since 2011 reflect Governor Cuomo's commitment to revitalizing the state park system and expanding access to outdoor recreation. We are grateful to the Governor for his recognition of the need to put the sparkle back on the crown jewel of our state parks system,” said Western District Director Mark Thomas. The Governor's NY Parks 2020 program is a multi-year commitment to leverage $900 million in private and public funding for State Parks from 2011 to 2020. To date, over $70 million has been committed at Niagara Falls State Park.
Because of the nature of the project, there will be disruption to pedestrian access so detours will be clearly marked. It is also anticipated that traffic may also be detoured for brief periods during phases of the project. State Parks will work with affected stakeholders as details develop.
The contractor for the $4.6 million project is Scott Lawn Yard from Sanborn, NY and work is expected to be substantially complete by the end of 2018.
Angela P. Berti, APR
Marketing and Public Affairs
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
PO Box 1132
Niagara Falls State Park
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Media Emergencies: 518-429-4861