NIAGARA FALLS — The New York Power Authority has recently approved spending $3.5 million to begin the final design phase for the Niagara gorge project, which will remove a two-mile stretch of the former Robert Moses Parkway, recently renamed Niagara Scenic Parkway, and turn it into green space.
The funds are part of a $42 million plan, announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo at the end of March, to enhance access to the waterfront and adjoining neighborhoods in Niagara Falls by removing a portion of the parkway and replacing it with a scenic trail network. Whirlpool Street will be redesigned and updated as part of the project as a link for local traffic.
The project involves removing eight acres of pavement and opening up about 140 acres of green space along the Niagara gorge rim, between Niagara Falls State Park and Whirlpool and Deveaux Woods state parks. Removal of the parkway is expected to start in early 2018 and take about two years.
The project is primarily being funded by the New York Power Authority, which owns about 71 percent of the land where the parkway will be removed.