Hochul announces groundbreaking for $46 million welcome center at Niagara Falls State Park

(Renderings courtesy of the Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul/New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation)

(Renderings courtesy of the Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul/New York Point out Office environment of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation)

Sat, Oct 16th 2021 02:05 pm

New 28,000-sq.-foot facility to open in spring 2023

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Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday introduced the beginning of development for a new, $46 million point out-of-the-art customer middle in Niagara Falls Condition Park. The new facility, her group explained, “will be a gateway to journey alongside the Niagara River Corridor, drastically strengthening the customer practical experience, complementing nature, and growing the duration of visits within the park in all 4 seasons. The newly created middle will welcome new and returning sightseers, enhancing recognition of regional leisure and cultural choices.”

Hochul stated, “Niagara Falls is a surprise of the planet special to Western New York, and it is awe-inspiring natural beauty has been preserved with Niagara Falls Condition Park, the oldest point out park in the United States. This new Welcome center builds on our operate to showcase all of the landmark gems that New York point out has to supply, attracting site visitors from close to the earth and boosting our tourism financial system.”

A push launch observed the new, 28,000-square-foot customer middle style and design will open up a extra seamless pedestrian connection in between the falls and the city’s downtown company district started with the completion the welcome plaza previous year. Demolition of the 35-year-previous initial visitor middle will produce additional open views of the American Falls. The facility will consist of new ticketing and information desks interpretive museum room, including an immersive expertise and displays on a variety of subject areas which include organic, industrial and Indigenous American background present details for readers about prospects special to the area new concession areas restrooms and associated guidance areas.

The glass, metal and concrete facility has been made to enhance nature and incorporate a rooftop photo voltaic array, eco-friendly roof elements and a individual restroom building. Improved web site features contain new, obtainable paths plantings out of doors reveals, and interpretive and wayfinding aspects. Extra than 100 new trees will be planted to replace those removed for the duration of development. The present 7,000-sq.-foot regional administration building quickly adjacent to the facility will be adapted to incorporate a multipurpose group place, regional archives, and places of work for Niagara regional interpretive personnel.

R.P. Oakhill has been specified as the contractor for the undertaking, which is slated to start off right away and wrap up by Memorial Day of 2023. G.W.W.O., a national leader in visitor centre development, is the architect. Haley Sharpe Design and style is carrying out the interior interpretive reveals. The center is slated to open in spring 2023.

(Renderings courtesy of the Office environment of Gov. Kathy Hochul/New York Point out Workplace of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation)


The not-for-gain Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Basis, developed immediately after the 2014 loss of life of Wilson – the previous operator of the Buffalo Charges and a co-founder of the American Soccer League – will contribute $8 million towards the challenge. The basis continues Wilson’s legacy of aid for tourism, parks and outdoor recreation, trail improvement, and group revitalization in Western New York.

Condition Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “I am grateful to Gov. Hochul for her ongoing aid of all of our condition parks as well as to the Wilson Foundation for their motivation to this venture. I am so fired up that we will have a condition-of-the-art facility to share the exclusive stories and the exceptional background of Niagara Falls, and really encourage our website visitors to take a look at the several sights located in the Town of Niagara Falls and through the location.”

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation President and CEO David O. Egner said, “The amazing stage of detail and thoughtfulness place into the reimagined welcome heart will add drastically toward enhancing and boosting Niagara’s tourism and outside recreation overall economy. By the foundation’s help, we are very pleased to enable speed up and progress the design of this landmark challenge together the Niagara River Greenway.”

Congressman Brian Higgins mentioned, “Niagara Falls is an iconic place in Western New York that attracts thousands and thousands of men and women from all over the earth every single year. The building of a new visitor heart establishes a modern day entry place for guests that improved connects to the park’s natural landscape and tells the stories of Niagara Falls’ past and present.”

New York Stet Sen. Rob Ortt said, “The generation of this new welcome middle will enable guests to examine all of the historical past and experiences that our beautiful point out park has to supply when expanding on the completion of last year’s welcome plaza. The continued efforts to grow the link among our point out park and downtown Niagara Falls will only serve to reward both equally entities and the inhabitants who work retailers and dining establishments in just our city’s company district. I commend New York state’s ongoing determination to the beautification and increased visitor immersion at the all-natural marvel of the globe we are blessed ample to have situated in our backyard.”

Assemblyman Angelo Morinello mentioned, “I applaud Gov. Hochul for her continued emphasis on insuring that Niagara Falls Point out Park continues to be a globe-course place. The new centre will aid the millions of visitors to not only master and have an understanding of the record of the location, the importance the falls by itself but will also immediate them to the downtown business enterprise district. This addition will include to the ‘park within a city’ vision and removing of any marriers involving the park and the metropolis.”

Town of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino stated, “We appreciate the ongoing advancements to our Niagara Falls Condition Park. The new welcome heart will not only strengthen the original visitor encounter, but it also claims to add to it by discovering all that Niagara Falls has contributed to the development of Western New York. I would like to thank Gov. Hochul for her continued motivation to our city and our area.”

Desired destination Niagara United states of america President and CEO John Percy stated, “The investments that have been designed to improve the Niagara Falls Condition Park over the last many many years have been nothing at all shorter of extraordinary. A new, state-of-the-artwork facility that presents website visitors with calendar year-round access to a remarkable encounter is a considerably-required and really expected addition to the park. I commend New York State Parks for producing a facility that tells the stories of our area and its rich history, which will persuade site visitors to examine our full location.”

(Renderings courtesy of the Place of work of Gov. Kathy Hochul/New York Point out Office environment of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation)


This task will enhance the $150 million revitalization of Niagara Falls State Park landscape. Introduced in 2011, the Niagara Falls Point out Park landscape revitalization system was a multiyear motivation to renew the park in a method that far better displays mentioned park designer Frederick Regulation Olmsted’s eyesight for the landscape. The approach renovated the park’s significant viewing spots, such as Luna Island, Prospect Position, Decreased Grove, A few Sisters Islands, North Shoreline Trail, Luna Bridge and Terrapin Point with new pedestrian walkways, enhanced landscaping, new benches, mild posts and railings. The interactive Cave of the Winds pavilion, which highlights the organic and cultural historical past of Niagara Falls, opened in 2017.

Made in 1885, Niagara Falls Condition Park is the oldest state park in the nation, attracting above 9 million readers on a yearly basis.