NYPA News from Western New York
Highlights of our activities in the region:
Lewiston - Free, spooky activities and games were on the agenda at this year's Halloween Spooktacular! The event featured a costume contest, crafts from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s Interpretive Center, a haunted house by the Lockport YMCA’s Teen Leaders Group, free hay rides and more.
And the "rUNDEAD" Fun Run was a new treat this year (the Niagara University fundraiser & "Zombie Run" benefiting the Special Olympics).
Lewiston - The annual Wildlife Festival at NYPA’s Niagara Power Vista had something for everyone, including:
• Liberty the Bald Eagle & Other Exotic Animals
• The Primate Sanctuary
• Buffalo Zoomobile
• Nickel City Reptiles & Exotics
• Chainsaw Carving Art
• Hawk Creek Wildlife Center
• Conservation Activities
• Fishing Pond
• Energy Expo
• Arts & Crafts
• PET TALENT SHOW!
Lewiston - NYPA concluded its Niagara Power Vista 50th Anniversary Celebration with a Time Capsule Sealing Ceremony on Saturday, July 19th!
Part of the Sensational Saturday series, the day was filled with activities, screenings, guided tours and more - and visitors shared their memories of the Power Vista by signing the time capsule message banner.
Visitors enjoyed crafts, food sold by Boy Scout Troop #855 of Lewiston, Safety IDs by Free Masons, Earth Day exhibitors and presentations, free rides on the Niagara Scenic Trolley between Niagara Power Vista and Gorge Discovery Center during event and so much more.
Our online entry form for the Sculpture Contest will soon be updated for next year's event, which will be held 4/25/15... Online Participation Form
Lewiston - Throughout the month of February the Power Vista will be honoring Black History Month with a special exhibit entitled “Civil Rights – Then and Now.”
The month-long exhibit will feature student projects and more.
Lewiston - We hope you had a chance to come by and enjoy the Power Vista's month-long Festival of Trees this holiday season.
An official stop along the “Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail” our Festival of Trees featured a dazzling display of artificial evergreens adorned with energy efficient lights, decorated for the season by local not-for-profit groups. See the list of 2013 tree-decorating participants!
Would you like to participate in the Power Vista's 2014 Festival of Trees next year? Any not-for-profit organization can participate and it's not too late to sign up. Simply submit your completed form:
Buffalo - On November 19, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at RiverRock Gardens. The garden will be given an extensive restoration and refurbishing, and Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscaping vision in Riverside Park will be renewed. The enhancements, beautification and amenity improvements, along with similar projects in other recreational areas, is made possible in part by NYPA Greenway development funds, and will help boost Buffalo-Niagara Region tourism, offering tourists and visitors a newly revived destination.
The garden is situated in the last park the Olmsteds designed in Buffalo. The project includes extensive new plantings, a new stone bridge, benches and the revival of Olmsteds’ historic “minnow pools” based upon plans stored at the Conservancy’s Olmsted Archive.
Niagara Falls - On October 31, the Maid of the Mist boats were lifted onto the new dry dock at the site of the old Schoellkopf Power Station. Niagara Falls, NY. See photos...
Also see our Archive news page: Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement to Save Maid of the Mist from Shutting Down
The New York Power Authority’s admission-free Power Vista Visitors Center marked a milestone on October 28... Welcoming seven million visitors since the facility first opened its doors in 1963!
At an event to mark the milestone and the facility’s 50th anniversary, NYPA’s Regional Manager for Western New York Harry Francois was on hand to greet the visitors and to recognize the Hard Hats of Niagara, a group of retired construction workers who built the Power Vista and the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant. Details...
More articles: Western New York Archives
Check out upcoming events in the area on our regional calendar