NIAGARA FALLS (WKBW) One year ago, plans were in the works to have a man walk across Niagara Falls on a wire. One year later, the man who accomplished that epic feat is back in town.
Daredevil Nik Wallenda was back in the Cataract City on Friday to accept an award from the Niagara Chamber of Commerce, but also to relive the memories of his historic walk.
"I feel like a kid going to Disney World every time I come back. There is just something alluring about the Falls," Wallenda said.
Nine months after completing the quarter mile span over the Horseshoe Falls, in the mist, at night, with millions watching, Wallenda returned and got a first look at preliminary plans for a memorial to be placed on Terrapin Point where the walk began.
"A large rock, cable across the top, with an appropriate plaque, both which have pictures of Nik" State Senator George Maziarz said.
There are also plans in the works for a larger Wallenda attraction. A planning team is still meeting with investors, trying to get a temporary and then permanent facility built on the American side of the Falls.
"The idea is let's do something for the U.S. side. Let's do something so families can come and say we don't have to cross over that bridge to have a good time with our kids, we can stay right here on the U.S. side," Wallenda said.
For most, an accomplishment like Niagara Falls would be enough. For Wallenda, it's not. He has moved on to a new challenge; walking a wire over the Grand Canyon this summer. That walk is the same distance across, seven times higher, and Wallenda says he will not wear a tether.