With Permits Signed, Focus Turns to Walk

June 5, 2012 Updated Jun 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM EDT

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June 5, 2012 Updated Jun 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - With Nik Wallenda's historic wire-walk across Niagara Falls less than two weeks away, those tasked with getting the park and city ready are working overtime.

"We have sort of a task force that's been formed here with park staff and officials both here in the city of Niagara Falls and with our own parks police force," says Angela Berti from NY State Parks.

An attorney for Wallenda signed the state permits in Albany Tuesday afternoon, and the money to cover the costs of the event, which is about $150,000, will be wired to the state.

Now the focus turns to preparing for thousands of visitors, handling parking and rigging the actual wire Wallenda will use to cross into Canada next Friday.

That process is expected to take a few days and is scheduled to begin next week.

The City of Niagara Falls will be throwing a party along Old Falls Street on the day of the walk, complete with a jumbo-tron for those who won't be witnessing the historic event first-hand.

"The idea is to provide activities for people; so that if they do the smart thing and arrive here early; there are plenty of things for them to do," said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.

The Hard Rock Cafe will also be throwing an all-day party on June 15, as well as several other area businesses.

"I talked over the weekend with several 3rd street merchants. They're planning on having some activities there. I know the city, the Niagara tourism convention corporation has a whole series of events," said State Senator George Maziarz.

The city will be releasing details on a parking plan next week.