Thank you for your concern about the handicapped should the Niagara
Heritage Partnership proposal for parkway removal and trail creation
along the top of the gorge between Niagara Falls and Lewiston become a
We share those concerns and from very early on
considered where along the gorge, and how, access for the handicapped,
elderly, and wheelchair accessibility could be maintained or created.
Our proposal maintains vehicle access to five locations in the first
four miles of the gorge north from downtown Niagara Falls. They are: at
Schoellkopf Geological Museum, Whirlpool State park, Devil's Hole State
Park, and at the Power Vista (both upper buildings and lower river dock
access). Trails, too, would be open and the overlook just south of
Whirlpool would be modified to make viewing from wheelchairs possible.
Wheelchair access for those not depending on vehicle transportation
would be possible at several points from city streets. We support plans
for an elevator to the gorge bottom at Schoellkopf, which we're certain
will confirm to codes pertaining to the handicapped.
Quite some time ago (February 28, 2000) we wrote to the
Center For Independent Living in Niagara Falls and asked for help with
information such as slope-gradients, surfacing, and so on for trails, so
that we could recommend what is needed for wheelchair use and, at some
future date, the wheelchair athlete, but received no response. We'd be
very pleased if you would like to work with us in arriving at some
creative solutions to the problems faced by the handicapped when they
have the desire to enjoy being in nature, the environment we hope to
extend. Please call me, 791-4611, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if
you are interested.