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Environment

After several years of discussion and protests, New York State Parks began Tuesday its first step to transform West River Parkway into a multi-use trail along the Niagara River on Grand Island. Residents began seeing construction vehicles setting up and blocking off roads Tuesday, and a notice that work is expected to commence next week. A large neon sign informed dr…

Erie County

Despite a state plan to break ground on the $2.5 million West River Parkway Trail on Grand Island in April, permanently closing the road to traffic, those who oppose it say they will continue their battle with state parks officials to stop it right up until the end. One weekend ago, members of the West River Homeowners Association were still papering windshields with op…

Erie County

The West River Parkway trail along the Niagara River in Grand Island remains on schedule with plans to close the service road and begin construction in the spring. The 8-mile recreation trail along the Niagara River will connect Beaver Island and Buckhorn state parks. The project is funded by federal and Greenway grants. The LiRo Group of Buffalo is the project manag…

Crime

After nearly a dozen incidents involving boats and jet skis near the New York Power Authority intake valves in less than two months, the New York State Park Police are  warning these operators that they could face federal charges for operating in a restricted zone. Despite  warning buoys and signage that operators are in a federally restricted exclusionary zone, boaters…

Obituaries

April 4, 1929 – July 7, 2017 When Gov. Hugh Carey named Mario J. Pirastru, a prominent Niagara Falls Democrat, to the post of regional director of the Niagara Frontier State Park and Recreation Commission in 1976, Republicans cried foul. State Sen. John Daly, a Lewiston Republican who led opposition to the appointment, called it “one of the most irresponsible applica…

Business

Niagara Falls is finally getting the message about tourism: Green is good, and it's important to have a nice place to spend the night. After decades of trying to surround one of the natural wonders of the world with hideous shopping malls and hokey water parks, the notion that tourists just might prefer a more natural setting for a natural wonder is finally starting to …

Niagara County

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 …

NIAGARA FALLS – The outdoor ice skating rink at Deveaux Woods State Park is now open and Reservoir State Park should be open within the week, according to an announcement by New York State Parks. Both parks are free and open to the public. Skate rentals are not available and hockey is prohibited because it ruins the ice surface. Both rinks are open (or soon will be o…