Ceretto says revitalization of state park is a win for Niagara region's economy
The press conference was held to announce the start of the $25 million New York Works Improvements at the Park, which include restorations at Luna Island and Three Sisters Islands.
“Just over a year ago, I met with Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey and urged her for a significant, accelerated investment in Niagara Falls State Park in the face of declining conditions,” said Ceretto. “Less than one year later, we officially break ground on two projects, which are just the beginning of the $25 million brought forth in this years budget.”
Ceretto noted that the state funding to revitalize Niagara Falls is paying economic dividends in two ways.
First, it will make Niagara Falls a more desirable tourist destination and help the American side of the Falls compete more effectively with Canada. Second, Niagara County contractors are being used to complete the renovation, which means that local workers are receiving important employment opportunities.
Ceretto added this funding, combined with the tourism increase from the Wallenda Walk, is having a positive impact on the region’s economy.
“Tourism is a key part of Western New York’s economy, and the region’s parks are an integral part of this important economic sector,” said Ceretto. “By making a commitment to our parks, the state is investing in the region’s economy and helping to create jobs that pay well.”