NIAGARA FAMILY ECO-PARK May 3, 2001 April 18, 2001 PREPARED BY: RYAN A. MCPHERSON PETER M. O\'HARA BRIAN KULPASlide 2
Overview Niagara Family Eco-Park Vision Current and Past Conditions The Niagara Family Eco-Park Alternative Future Benefits and Consequences of the Eco-Park Implementation Strategy Consequences of Other ScenariosSlide 3
Vision We propose to build up another far reaching Eco-Park procedure that permits families to find the essential relationship that exists between nature, the earth, and themselves.Slide 5
Why the Eco-Park is Good for Families Comprehensive learning environment for groups of any age Recreational open doors for everybody Gorge Greenway binds together the numerous venues all through Niagara Falls Demonstrates familiarity with our surroundings through family agreeable intelligent venuesSlide 6
Past and Current Conditions In Niagara Falls, New York Ecology and the Environment Economy Stakeholders Niagara Falls: 50 Years Later ConclusionSlide 7
Ecology and the Environment Chemical Row Many assembling ventures in and around Niagara Falls Current perilous waste remediation (Superfund) progressing Love Canal: positive and negative results Niagara Reservation State Park Oldest park in New York State Robert Moses Parkway: snag amongst city and Park Summer 2001: two year sway studySlide 8
Economy Why is Niagara Falls Attractive To Companies? Access to hydropower and freshwater assets high cost of leading business Manufacturing ventures Largest clients of Niagara hydropower Historically ruled Niagara Falls area Service enterprises Largest monetary division in Niagara district today Information innovation accentuation in locale Tourism industry 1995 study: $549 millionSlide 9
Governmental Players Governor Pataki , Niagara Falls City Counsel and Mayor Elia , US Senators Schumer and Clinton , Representative LaFalce , State Senator Maziarz , Assemblywoman Delmonte and numerous others Major Stakeholders - New York Power Authority - Residents of Niagara Falls and the locale - Niagara County; Erie County - Niagara University and SUNY at Buffalo - Tuscarora Nation - Niagara County Stakeholders Committee; Niagara Power Coalition; Relicensing Consensus Committee - Other natural and recreational associations Niagara Falls StakeholdersSlide 10
Niagara Falls: 50 Years Later 2000 Census Niagara Falls: down 10.1% Taxes 46% of Niagara Falls\' property is non-assessable Lewiston likewise seriously affected by non-assessable land Less financing for instructive, government and social administrations A Tale of Two Niagara Falls Booming economy in Canada v. discouraged downtown in New YorkSlide 11
Conclusion Thus, the present states of Niagara Falls are because of : Poor base Changing monetary conditions Failure of financial improvement proposition Declining populace Lack of private area possession Fortunately, Niagara Falls is still viewed as a traveler goal for families. This positive component is the primary motivation behind why the Eco-Park proposition will be effective.Slide 16
The Gorge Greenway Love Canal Education/Interpretation Center Upper River Interpretive Trail Enhanced Niagara State Park Reservation Eco-Renewable Housing Niagara Gorge Hiking Trail & Discovery Center Renewable Energy Learning & Instruction Center Environmentally Augmented Artpark Niagara Family Eco-Park Alternative FutureSlide 18
Love Canal Education and Interpretation Center Courtesy of Kinan ArchitectsSlide 19
Courtesy of Kinan ArchitectsSlide 20
Upper River Interpretive TrailSlide 21
Chemical Row PavilionSlide 22
Enhanced Niagara State Park Photos affability of New York State Parks and Historic PreservationSlide 23
Eco-Renewable HousingSlide 24
Niagara Gorge Discovery CenterSlide 30
Niagara Gorge Hiking TrailSlide 34
Renewable Energy Learning & Instruction CenterSlide 37
Environmentally Enhanced Artpark Griffis Sculpture Park photographs politeness of Barry BoyerSlide 38
The Eco-Park People (and families) come to Niagara Falls "to be flabbergasted and for the happiness regarding the magnificence to be found in the common view" Frederick Law Olmsted Olmsted\'s vision is still alive today. The Eco-Park is inalienably eco-driven as it gives a vehicle permitting families to investigate the collaboration between the common habitat and innovation.Slide 39
Improve Quality of Life Recreation Environment Social Education Economic Development Greenway Downtown Niagara Falls Consensus Builder Relicensing Process Eco-Park BenefitsSlide 40
Eco-Park Consequences New York Power Authority Gorge Greenway: access to land, financing and operation Weather Many displays and components are outside based Robert Moses Parkway Loss of roadway nearby crevasseSlide 41
Eco-Park Implementation Strategy Phase I Building Initial Support Among Stakeholders Phase II Stakeholders and the Power Authority\'s Alternative Relicensing Process Phase III Implementation of the particular Eco-Park ProjectsSlide 42
Eco-Park Implementation: Dual Tracked Strategy Relicensing WNY as a Political swing districtSlide 43
Phase I - Building Support Among Stakeholders Identification of partners Meet with different partners: Easy changes over Possible supporters Challenging voting public Form a philanthropic or relationship to advocate for fruitful usage of the Eco-ParkSlide 44
Phase II - Building Consensus for Relicensing "Joined we stand, separated we fall" approach for option relicensing process Develop agreement that Eco-Park proposition ought to be the essential "ask" amid relicensing Economic Development Environmental Protection Recreation/Quality of lifeSlide 45
Phase III- - Specific Projects Federal enactment particularly requires recreational and ecological elements be checked The Family Eco-Park\'s emphasis on diversion and ecological mindfulness gives a compelling "trump card" that can be utilized to effectively execute the Niagara Family Eco-ParkSlide 46
Gorge Greenway Propose Power Authority build and work Gorge Greenway 1957 Federal Niagara Power Development Act guided Authority to create $93 Million (2001 dollars) picturesque park (Rob\'t Moses Pkwy) as state of permitting, the same point of reference ought to apply for the Gorge Greenway Creation of commission to supervise usage of propositionSlide 47
Love Canal Education Center Independent from relicensing process Lobbying procedure to convince representative to command that DEC take title of property and give half of development costs Love Canal 2000 would raise coordinating assets to construct office and work instructive focus once operationalSlide 48
Upper River Interpretive Trail Relicensing procedure will give the chance to influence Power Authority subsidizing for a few interpretative booths and structures along the upper waterway NYSDOT to recognize stores for activity rerouting Funds for redevelopment of brownfield (parking area) acquired through the 1996 NYS Bond ActSlide 49
$500,000 for "Olmstedizing" Park $400,000 to revamp the noteworthy Goat Island horse outbuilding $50,000 for directional and interpretive signage $30,000 to diminish movement at the recreation center Enhanced Niagara State Park Reservation Funding for a few upgrades and remodels has as of now been designated or secured for the State Park in the course of the most recent year including:Slide 50
Eco-Renewable Housing As a major aspect of relicensing Power Authority will "blessing" a little bundle of area to USA Niagara Development Corp (NDC) By proactively giving back a little real estate parcel to expense rolls, the Power Authority will turn away an undeniable ambush for PILOTs NDC will then choose designer that has some expertise in green configuration by offering charge motivations and credit decreasesSlide 51
On October 4, 2000 the Power Authority conferred $1.5 million to building the Discovery Center One year prior Governor Pataki reported $300,000 of direct state help for the trail Shortly from there on an extra $895,000 was submitted for the task Niagara Gorge Hiking Trail & Discovery Center Discovery Center Niagara Gorge TrailSlide 52
Renewable Energy Learning & Instruction Center No other organization has been as antagonistically affected by the Power Authority as Niagara University The Eco-Park arrangement proposes consolidating both the reparation owed to NU with the Power Authority and NYSERDA\'s qualities and aptitude in option vitality advancementSlide 53
Environmentally Enhanced Artpark Power Authority was never ordered to finish an EIS when it tore out an extensive segment of the canyon and dumped it at Artpark While the ecological debasement brought on by Power Authority can not be fixed compensation can be given This compensation will shape an Eco-Art enrichment reserve, which would be utilized to extend expressions of the human experience and environment topic at the recreation centerSlide 54
No Other Vision Presents An Opportunity for Each Stakeholder\'s Interest to be Represented Adequately Working River Creation of employments Power Grid River Negotiation system Other Scenarios Natural River Ecology Big Casino Economics Utopian River Regional/patriotismSlide 55
Other Scenarios The Eco-Park: Building Consensus Economic Development Recreation/Tourism Ecology/Environment Localism/Regionalism Visions = Ideal Development Models Quality of Life Education Identification of Potential Allies and OpponentsSlide 56
Niagara Family Eco-Park Conclusion Niagara Falls is genuinely at an intersection. One street prompts kept infighting over small scraps the Power Authority and other administrative pioneers master
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