New pedestrian entrance to Niagara Falls State Park may open by Labor Day

New pedestrian entrance to Niagara Falls State Park may open by Labor Day

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An artist's rendering of the new pedestrian entrance to Niagara Falls State Park through a lot at 305 Buffalo Ave. (Image courtesy of USA Niagara Development Corp.)

Construction has begun on a new pedestrian entrance to Niagara Falls State Park, USA Niagara Development Corp. President Anthony Vilardo announced Monday.

Labor Day is the target date for completion of the state agency's $682,000 project, Vilardo said.

The site is a wooded lot at 305 Buffalo Ave., which the state bought from Maid of the Mist Corp. for $850,000 in 2017.

Vilardo said only a narrow strip along the western edge of the lot will be used for the entrance, which will drop down a 28-foot grade to the Riverway, a trail along the upper Niagara River.

The lighted path will include a 6-foot-wide asphalt strip and a staircase, Vilardo said.

The state intends to issue a request for proposals for redevelopment of the remaining acre of the lot. Vilardo said Empire State Development has hired Practice for Architecture and Urbanism of Manhattan for about $300,000 to work on redevelopment plans for all of USA Niagara's properties in Niagara Falls.

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