Niagara Falls State Park Facilities and Landscape Rehabilitation

Restoration of the Past for Future Visitors

Location

Niagara Falls, NY

Clients

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York

Project Cost

$75 million

Overview

Niagara Falls State Park underwent a major revitalization initiative that included 12 distinct project areas. LiRo served as construction manager for this project.

About the Project

Established in 1885, Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the nation, and it hosts over eight 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 four 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.

Project Challenges & Solutions

The restoration needed to balance the historical design intent of the original 1887 Olmstead and Vaux plan for the Niagara Reservation with ecological sustainability and incorporation of contemporary needs.

Paved surfaces and lawn areas were reduced where possible to restore a more naturalized environment consistent with the original design. A conformed palette of site furnishings, railings, and paving materials was established to provide a unified appearance throughout the park. Universal Access accommodations were also integrated into the project to enhance visitor accessibility.

Outcome

Renovation phases completed include:

In addition to other landscaping phases, LiRo also coordinated demolition and fit-out work at the Keenan-Castellani Art Gallery located at Deveaux Woods. See renderings of the restoration project here.

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