MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT PLANNED
Parks head tells Rotary big plan to be revealed soon
BY JENNIFER PELLEGRINI Review Staff Writer
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE -The Niagara Parks Commission will spend half-a-billion dollars over the next 10 years to give tourists and locals more reasons to play in
"Obviously, I can't tell you what that is just now, but stay tuned," Niagara Parks Commission chairman Jim Williams said Tuesday, during an address to the Niagara Falls Rotary Club at the Queenston Heights Restaurant.
Niagara Parks Commission chairman Jim Williams was the guest speaker at the Niagara Falls Rotary Club's May luncheon, held at the Queenston Heights Restaurant Tuesday.
At least part of that money will be used to restore the Toronto Power and Canadian Niagara Power buildings along the rive which the NPC will acquire in the next couple of years.
The CNP building in particular, Williams said earlier this year, is in pristine condition, and would be the ideal spot for a museum dedicated to
The Parks will also obtain a third power station building located in the gorge, which will be destroyed to "return the gorge to its natural state," Williams said.
While those projects are in the future; there are plans in the works for at least one new attraction for the summer of 2006.
"Moonlight movies" will be shown in the Oakes Garden Theatre this July and August, with screenings of popular films.
During his half-hour speech, Williams stressed the importance of revenue generation to the NPC which does not receive any government funding.
Money made by admission fees to six attractions, as well as from parking lots, golf courses, gift shops, restaurants and cafeterias is used for roads and infrastructure maintenance throughout the NPC network, which extends 56 kilometres along the
Last year alone, the NPC invested $1.9 million in Queen Victoria Park, $725,000 in public washrooms in NPC facilities, $850,000 in greenhouses and $250,000 on the floral clock, Williams said.
"(Making money to support capital investments and infrastructure upgrades) is becoming more and more of a challenge," he said. "So we must find new ways to generate revenue.",