Prospect Point next stop on N.F. park upgrade

November 6, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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Prospect Point next stop on N.F. park upgrade

November 6, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM EDT

Work on the first phase of a $25 million makeover of the Niagara Falls State Park is completed and its next phase is poised to start.

State and local officials will gather Wednesday morning at the park to mark the beginning of the next phase of the long overdue face lift at the Niagara Falls landmark. The work comes from funds earmarked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and part of his tourism and hospitality development strategy.

The renovation began this spring on Three Sisters Island, Luna Island and the Cave of the Wind entranceway. Renovations included improved landscaping, the installation of new benches, decorative railings, light fixtures and sidewalk pavers.

Much of the same work is now slated for the northern sections of Prospect Point and heading towards the lower grove area in the park. Work will continue, weather permitting, through December and stop during winter. It will resume in April and is scheduled to be completed by August.

Scott Lawn Yard from Sanborn was the low bidder for the project.

"We are thrilled to be able to restore one of the most popular areas in the park," said Rose Harvey, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation commissioner. "The millions of visitors that visit each year will now view Niagara Falls from a Prospect Point that is majestic and fitting of the location it surrounds."

The entire Prospect Point work is estimated to cost $5.2 million.

Harvey said the work will be completed, in phases, and should be finished by 2015.

None of the park's major attractions, such as the Maid of the Mist boats or Cave of the Winds, will be impacted by the work.

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