Former Snow Park Gets New Life

August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 7:32 AM EDT

By WKBW News

August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 7:32 AM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - The site of the former Snow Park in Niagara Falls is getting new life again. Smokin Joe Anderson scrapped the Snow Park idea and created a Native American themed destination. Now a report in this week's Business First says he plans to put athletic fields on the site.

The outdoor rink is now a lacrosse and soccer complex. Anderson is also working with the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency on plans to turn the vacant Tele-Tech building on First Street into a retail complex.

Darien Lake theme park is getting a tax exemption worth $719,000 from the Genesee County Economic Development Center. Business First says CNL Properties, which operates the theme park, is carrying a $57.5 million mortgage, which is currently being refinanced.

This year, Darien Lake invested more than $5 million in upgrades and Live Nation invested $2 million. The park is also going after more Canadian visitors this year.

A new On Numbers report looks at the cities with the largest leisure industry payrolls. Los Angeles is first, followed by Nashville, Buffalo ranks third, then Cleveland and New York City. Researchers say the numbers in Buffalo are skewed because Buffalo's two professional sports teams make up a big portion of those salaries.

You can get the full report at

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