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Greenway money OK'd to replace dead trees in Niagara Falls, spruce up NT park

Niagara River Greenway money will be used to pay for park improvements in Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda.

The committee that controls Niagara County's Greenway cash on Tuesday approved $175,000 to remove and replace 280 diseased and dying ash trees in Niagara Falls parks along the Niagara River and Gill and Cayuga creeks, including Hyde, Jayne, Griffon and DeVeaux Woods parks.

New trees will be chosen from among 15 species indigenous to the region.

Also approved Tuesday was $316,000 in Greenway funds for improvements in Gratwick-Riverside Park in North Tonawanda.

That would cover most of the city's $492,866 plan to install a pair of 30-foot-long portable restroom trailers, which would be handicapped accessible, and two furnished 30-by-60-foot pavilions, which could be rented for social events.

The committee also took back $100,000 it approved for the construction of a sidewalk along Water Street in Youngstown in 2017. According to a Niagara County Legislature resolution calling for the withdrawal, the village canceled the project because of "unforeseen extraordinary costs."

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