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Aquarium of Niagara announces $250,000 award to create outdoor welcome plaza

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Posted at 2:04 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 14:05:02-05

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Aquarium of Niagara has announced it has been awarded $250,000 to create an outdoor welcome plaza.

Officials say the award came through the Niagara River Greenway Commission through the City of Niagara Falls Host Community and will develop a transformative entryway in front of the aquarium while strengthening the connection with the Niagara Falls State Park and Greenway Corridor.

The concept for the project, "Whirlpool Commons," was made possible by the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway, which previously separated the Aquarium from other destinations.

“Whirlpool Commons is an important milestone in the advancement of the Aquarium’s strategic initiatives.” said Gary Siddall, President and CEO of the Aquarium of Niagara. “This project is part of a concentrated effort to provide increased accessibility and movement while drawing visitors to the multitude of new experiences offered by the Aquarium.”

The project is expected to be completed by summer of 2021.

“I’m proud to congratulate the Aquarium of Niagara on their continued efforts to grow as an attraction here in the City of Niagara Falls, drawing both residents and visitors alike with their latest and greatest exhibits,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino. “This new outdoor opportunity will add yet another way to connect visitors of the Falls to the Aquarium, while also providing yet another unique outdoor space for events and visitors of the Aquarium. I am excited for the City to be a part of their continued efforts to update and innovate the Aquariums exhibits as we move into 2021 and the future.”