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Niagara Falls asks for public ideas on spending $360,000 federal grant

The Niagara Falls Community Development Department has scheduled two meetings to seek residents' ideas on how to use a $360,000 federal Community Development Block Grant.

Both sessions will be held in the Stone Room inside the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion, at 10 a.m. Saturday and 5:30 p.m. April 30, Community Development Director Seth A. Piccirillo announced.

The city's two major goals for this year's grant are enhancing Hyde Park’s rose garden and bocce court area into an "all ages, all abilities, all-day destination," and family-friendly, year-round programs in other public spaces.

This is the third time Niagara Falls has used a "participatory budgeting" process for the federal grant. In 2017, residents voted to improve two parks. Last year, residents voted for a North End community center, demolitions of run-down houses and assisting homeowners with exterior upgrades.

This year's proposals will be announced in early June. Voting will be held from June 15 to 30. The winning projects are to be announced July 13.


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