The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Niagara River Greenway Fund Standing Committee will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, to vote on funding for projects being proposed to the Standing Committee by State Parks. The meeting will be held at the New York Power Authority's Power Vista classroom, located on the grounds of the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston (5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston). The meeting is open to the general public.
The projects that are on the agenda include approving $1.2 million in funding for phase two of the Big Six Marina project (rendering here) which was deemed consistent by the Niagara River Greenway in July, as well as $300,000 for the Niagara Gorge trail crew, which was initially approved in 2009 by the commission.
The State Parks Standing Committee receives funds from NYPA as part of a settlement agreement related to the 50-year license received by NYPA for the Niagara Power Project in 2007. In addition to the State Parks Standing Committee, three other standing committees were created to disperse funds those groups received in other settlement agreements with NYPA: Greenway Ecological Standing Committee, Host Community Greenway Fund Standing Committee and the Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee.
The Niagara River Greenway Commission is a public benefit corporation established by Chapter 460 of the laws of 2004, and charged with the planning and development of a greenway of interconnected parks, river access points and waterfront trails along the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario at the site of the historic Fort Niagara.
To learn more about the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, visit www.nysparks.state.ny.us. To learn more information about the Greenway Commission, log onto www.niagaragreenway.org. For more information about NYPA and its relicensing, visit http://niagara.nypa.gov.