N.Y. Power Authority Celebrates 50 Years of Free Family Fun at Its Niagara Power Vista

Teresa Martinez

July 18, 2013


LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) marks its 50th year of “Free Family Fun” at the Niagara Power Vista, NYPA’s admission-free visitors center located at the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, N.Y.

The Power Vista first opened its doors to the public 50 years ago on July 19, 1963. Since then, many changes have been made to improve the visitor experience at the Power Vista, which contains more than 50 interactive exhibits relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the area’s history, plus the spectacular views from the observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge.

Visitors can join in the celebration by leaving a message on a special 50th Anniversary greeting card. The cards will be displayed in the Power Vista and ultimately included in a Power Vista time capsule to be buried later in the year.

In addition, visitors can enjoy the new “Walk through Time” exhibit displayed on the Power Vista’s glass walkway. The exhibit features historic photos of the Power Vista from each decade during the past 50 years.

Meanwhile, the Power Vista is gearing up for its 7 millionth visitor, expected to occur during the 50th year celebration. To commemorate this milestone, visitors will receive a “I’m 1 in 7 million – Seven million visitors at the Niagara Power Vista” button.

Visitors are invited to take part in various other community events at the Power Vista throughout the year, including the upcoming 2-day Wildlife Festival (Sept. 28 and 29) – an indoor and outdoor event in cooperation with the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, the annual Spooktacular (Oct. 26), Deck the Halls (Dec. 7), and the annual Festival of Trees (Dec. 1 through Jan. 4, 2014).

Upon request, arrangements can also be made for the Power Vista staff to present a program on electricity and energy efficiency at schools and business/community events.

For more information, contact the NYPA’s Power Vista at 716-286-6661 or email

About NYPA:

The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.          ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■ For more information visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Wordpress and @NYPAenergy on Twitter.

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