Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York state will replace an underutilized two-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway North in Niagara Falls with open space, scenic overlooks and recreational trails to make the waterfront more accessible to residents, tourists and visitors alike. The project marks the largest expansion of green space since the Niagara Reservation was designed in 1885, and will link the Niagara River Gorge and Falls into a single destination to allow easier access to the water’s edge.
“The unparalleled natural beauty of the Niagara Falls attracts millions of visitors every year and today we are continuing to build on what makes this region so special,” Cuomo said. “This project will reimagine the parkway to better utilize the surrounding parkland and open up the waterfront for all to enjoy. Niagara Falls is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, and we will continue to make transformative investments that help maintain the city’s status as a world-class tourism destination.”
The project will remove an underutilized two-mile segment of the parkway from Main Street to Findlay Drive. It will include a reconstruction of Whirlpool Street, which will be redesigned into a two-lane street to provide all north-south access to the section of the Niagara Gorge Corridor closest to the parkway.
After about 18 acres of pavement is removed, about 300 acres of green space will be opened up along the Niagara Gorge rim between Niagara Falls State Park and Whirlpool and DeVeaux Woods state parks. This will enable new recreational opportunities in the area, including scenic overlooks and trails that could be used for hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing.
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