Maziarz should re-think his Parkway position
Sentinel, 7 October 2000
In a recent issue of the Sentinel, Senator George
Maziarz, interviewed by Bill Angus in his “Getting to Know You” column, had
this to say about the Robert Moses Parkway:
“First of all, I don’t
think that it should be closed or torn out.
I look at the Canadian side, which is a two-lane roadway. I wonder why we can’t do the same thing and maybe use the
other lane for biking and walking. The
problem is that if you were to rip it up, you still have to provide some public
access to the area.”
The Niagara Heritage Partnership has addressed these
issues in public forums, the details of which are available at
www.niagaraheritage.org and in Niagara Gorge Parkway Removal and Restoration,
available in local libraries.
The NHP does not look to the Canadian side for a model,
but beyond it. If the region wishes
to attract the serious hiking and bicycling tourist in large numbers, we need to
provide something more than trails that run alongside a two-lane highway.
Removing the entire four lanes and restoring the natural landscape does
not create a problem with gorge access. There
would still be four vehicle access points in the first four miles along the
gorge from downtown Niagara Falls: the Schoelkopf Geological Museum, Whirlpool
State Park, Devil’s Hole State Park, and the Power Vista, all with free
We hope that Senator Maziarz will, with these new
perspectives, reconsider his comments.
Ransomville, New York