Niagara Falls State Park Facilities and Landscape Rehabilitation
LiRo is Construction Manager for a major initiative, including 12 distinct project areas, to revitalize Niagara Falls State Park. Established in 1885, it is the oldest state park in the nation, and hosts over 8 million visitors annually. The park was created to protect the views of the spectacular falls, and to limit commercial development of the area. Consisting of three separate waterfalls – Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil – the falls span both American and Canadian land. With an average flow of 4 million cubic ft per minute, the combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, and have a vertical drop of more than 165 ft.
The restoration balances the historical design intent of the original 1887 Olmstead and Vaux plan for the Niagara Reservation with ecological sustainability and incorporation of contemporary needs. The amount of paved surfaces and lawn areas is being reduced where possible to restore a more naturalized environment consistent with the original design. A conformed palette of site furnishings, railings, and paving materials has been established to provide a unified appearance throughout the park. Universal Access accommodations have been integrated into the project to enhance visitor accessibility.
Renovation phases completed to date include:
- Prospect Point provides stunning views of the American Falls. It is the location of the Observation Tower, and the launching point for the Maid of the Mist cruise boat.
- Lower Grove Trails follow the American Rapids upstream to the American Falls pedestrian bridges.
- North Shore Trail provides a scenic path linking Goat Island and Luna Island. In addition to new site furnishings, pavement, lighting and landscaping, a number of overlooks have been installed to permit patrons to view the Niagara River rapids before it plunges over the American Falls.
In addition to other landscaping phases, LiRo is also coordinating demolition and fit-out work at the Keenan-Castellani Art Gallery located at Deveaux Woods. Project completion is scheduled for 2017.
See renderings of the planned restoration project.