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DON'T REMOVE FALLS PARKWAY FOR MORE PARKS

I have read the letters in "Everybody's Column" regarding the elimination of the Robert Moses Parkway from Niagara Falls to Lewiston. The first impact of these articles is that the people are basically from outside Niagara Falls. In all likelihood, they have had extremely limited usage of the area they talk about.

I have utilized this parkway daily for many years to leave my home in Lewiston and arrive at my office in the north end of the city. Hundreds of cars do likewise. I have had a most satisfying view of the gorge and the Falls during the various seasons. The fall impact of the Canadian side, coupled with the beauty of the winter snow, permits an ongoing satisfaction of the beauty that the gorge presents.

I am particularly impressed with the scene from the top of the parkway as it crosses the Whirlpool Bridge. It can only be viewed from this point and is by far the best scene of both cities of Niagara Falls, in Canada and the United States, that is, in my opinion, available from the U.S. side.

Thousands of people residing north of the city utilize this route. Hundreds of tourists, particularly those who cross the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, also use the roadway to reach both the Falls itself and the north end of town.

I have amassed a substantial list of concerned citizens who will oppose any attempt to remove this parkway for additional park lands. There is sufficient land for a bike path from the north end to Lewiston and two parks which can be reached from the parkway -- at the Whirlpool and at Devil's Hole.

The proposal previously presented by the Heritage Partnership is unnecessary, overwhelmingly expensive and would destroy the best possible route for those living north of Niagara Falls and for tourists coming to see the wonderful Falls.

Francis W. Shedd Niagara Falls

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