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Highlights of our activities in the region:

Lewiston - The annual Wildlife Festival at NYPA’s Niagara Power Vista is coming up on September 24 & 25, 2016! Come by and see what great new things we have in store for you!

Here are some highlights from the 2015 event: the weekend included the new, no fee, state-sanctioned Duck Calling Contest, Kids Fishing Contest and an array of outdoor delights:

• Wildlife Shows: The Primate Sanctuary with Carmen Presti, Nickel City Reptiles with Jeff Musial, Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Skyhunters Birds of Prey, AWARE animal rehabilitation center, Buffalo Zoomobile, Erie County SPCA Wildlife Department, police K-9 demonstrations and more.

• Conservation Exhibitors: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation divisions, NYS Parks Interpretive Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, clubs to include sportsmen’s, trappers, boy and girl scouts, and more.

• Activities: Shooting trailer, fishing pond, crossbow (age appropriate), archery, crafts, safety identifications, face painting, rock climbing wall, chainsaw art, fishing demonstrations, and more.

Lewiston - The fun continues year-round at the newly renovated, admissions-free Niagara Power Vista. Be sure to check us out and plan your trip!

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Lewiston - The Spring Family Safety Fair at the Power Vista:

Electrical safety lessons, free anti-bullying wrist bands for the first 300 children, and the “Build Up to Safety” Lego building contest. Participants constructed a safety-related object -- like a fire truck, construction site, patrol boat or medical helicopter using Legos and imagination -- with prizes awarded for the best entries.

Events and demos throughout the day included:

• New York State Police rollover demonstration • Display vehicles from the police departments of Lewiston, Niagara Falls and U.S. Border Patrol • The marine and mounted patrol units at the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department • North Tonawanda Police will conduct car seat safety checks • Niagara Falls Fire Department’s Fire Safety House with interactive safety presentations • Niagara Falls Coach Lines school bus • NFTA Hybrid passenger bus • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary • Cement truck display and construction safety presentation by Lafarge Aggregates and Concrete

Celebrate Earth Month with NYPALewiston - We hope you enjoyed the 2015 Every Day is Earth Day event at the Niagara Power Vista as much as we did.

Once again the Earth Month event featured the popular Sculpture Contest, gardening & recycling tips, solar-powered music, sustainable food choices, renewable energy demos and more.

Check out the pics on Facebook!


The Power Vista honors Black History Month

Lewiston - Thank you for joining us for the Power Vista's Black History Month Special Exhibit: "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture."

The month-long exhibit culminated in the Black History Month Program on Feb. 28, which featured performances by the Dance and Drum Performance Company from the African American Cultural Center in Buffalo, area exhibitors and other youth-related activities.

Lewiston - Free, spooky activities and games were on the agenda at the 2014 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 - NYPA concluded its Niagara Power Vista 50th Anniversary Celebration with a Time Capsule Sealing Ceremony!

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.

Lewiston - Our 2014 Black History Month special exhibit: “Civil Rights – Then and Now.”

The month-long exhibit featured student projects and more.

  • 2014 civil rights milestones: Sixty years ago, in 1954, Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, resulted in a ruling that state-sanctioned segregation of public schools was a violation of the 14th amendment and was therefore unconstitutional. (Source: ourdocuments.gov).
  • And fifty years ago, in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. The act outlawed segregation in businesses such as theaters, restaurants, and hotels. It banned discriminatory practices in employment and ended segregation in public places such as swimming pools, libraries, and public schools. (Source: ourdocuments.gov).

Annual Festival of Trees at the Power VistaLewiston - 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 tree-decorating participants!

Would you like to participate in the Power Vista's 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:

Online Participation Form or Printable 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.

Photo: front row, left to right - Joseph Golombek Jr. (North District Common Council Member), Gary Mucci (Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Committee & BOPC Trustee), Robin Schimminger (NYS Assemblyman), Carol Sampson (NYPA Community Liaison), Lynn Marinelli ( Erie County Legislator), Sean Ryan (NYS Assemblyman), Thomas Herrera-Mishler (President & CEO Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy).

NIA HalloweenLewiston - The annual Halloween Spooktacular at the Niagara Power Vista had something for everyone, including:

Games, treats, a costume contest, hayrides, FREE trolley rides between the Niagara Power Vista and the Gorge Discovery Center on the Niagara Scenic Trolley and more!

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On October 31, the Maid of the Mist boat was lifted onto new dry dock

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

Niagara Power Vista Celebrates 7 millionth visitor!Lewiston - Niagara Power Vista Celebrates 7 millionth visitor! Seen here is "Milestone Visitor" Zachary Yates, a student at nearby Niagara University.

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...



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