Today, typical outdoor areas are much more attractive. The wonderful concept of eliminating destructive highways that run through waterfronts and downtown areas is no exception.
For example, the removal of Robert Moses Parkway at Niagara Falls. Eliminating this “walker” made it possible The Niagara Aquarium is set to make its progress with the construction of the Whirlpool Commons, an outdoor beautification project that will serve as a fantastic new entrance to Niagara Falls.
Whirlpool Commons is possible thanks to the removal of Robert Moses Parkway, which previously separated the Aquarium from other destinations, attractions and entertainment in the city center.
The establishment and implementation of Whirlpool Commons was also made possible thanks to a $ 250,000 grant from the Greenway River Commission of Niagara Falls, through the City of Niagara Falls, Host Society. Efforts to rehabilitate Niagara Falls National Park and Greenway Corridor are well under way.
“With this new Niagara Aquarium project, we see how Governor Cuomo’s efforts to remove Robert Moses Parkway are reviving Niagara Falls and allowing residents and visitors to rebuild the waterfront,” said the U.S. Commission on Development. Commissioner and President and CEO Eric Gertler. “Congratulations on creating an outdoor welcome plaza that re-imagines the aquarium and transforms the surrounding garden.”
In addition to a visual meeting place and a large entrance to the Aquarium, Whirlpool Commons will also be a central hub that will connect to a number of new trails and attractions on the edge of the new forest that was once Parkway. The feature will also offer new collaboration opportunities for the Aquarium, while allowing more extensive programming to focus on the Aquarium’s conservation priorities.
“Whirlpool Commons is an important milestone in the development of Aquarium’s strategic initiatives.” said Gary Siddall, President and Director of Niagara Aquarium. “This project is part of a focused effort to provide access and movement while engaging visitors to the new experiences offered by the Aquarium.”
“We are excited to partner with the Niagara Aquarium on the development of our plaza, which is at the head of our beautiful new segment Gorgeview Shoreline Trail, located northbound and connecting Niagara Falls and New York State Parks with canyon attractions. said Greg. Stevens, executive director of the Niagara Greenway River Commission. “It will be exciting to see how this project launches the Aquarium for Outdoor Environmental Education for our youth.”
In addition to enhancing the guest experience in the case the ecological history and heritage of the revived corridor, the new additions are also intended to further the economic development of the region.
“I am proud to congratulate the Niagara Aquarium for their continued efforts to grow as an attraction here in Niagara Falls and to attract both residents and visitors with my latest and greatest exhibits,” said Mayor Robert Restayno. “This new outdoor opportunity adds another way for Falls visitors to connect to the Aquarium, while at the same time providing a unique outdoor space for events and Aquarium guests. I am delighted that the city will be a part of their ongoing efforts to renovate and upgrade their aquarium exhibitions as we move into 2021 and beyond. ”
“This project is a natural extension of the Aquarium to further the development of the green space on the edge of the canyon,” said Michael Mistriner, vice president of Buffalo’s office Clark Patterson Lee – the firm appointed as the Whirlpool Commons designer.
The project has ““aggressive schedule” with the immediate start of construction and the expected completion date of summer 2021.