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Highlights of our activities in the region:

The Wildlife Festival at Niagara Power Vista Sat & Sun, September 27 & 28Lewiston - Come explore your wild side on Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The annual Wildlife Festival at NYPA’s Niagara Power Vista will have 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 -- and new this year, enter your talented pet in the 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.

Every Day is Earth Day event featuring our annual Sculpture ContestLewiston - Thank you to all the visitors who celebrated "Every Day is Earth Day" with us. Check out our Facebook page for guest photos, sculpture contest winners, music group Solar Punch and more...

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


The sculptures for the contest should be made with recyclable materials. Artistic adults and children are encouraged to be as creative and imaginative as possible, and to draw inspiration from the world around them. Participants in the program get to express their creativity and help save the planet at the same time!

The Power Vista honors Black History MonthLewiston - 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.

  • 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 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:

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).

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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