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December 12, 2001



Jean R. Knox

437 Buffalo Road

East Aurora, NY 14052


Dear Commissioner Knox:


A recent announcement by William Murray, deputy general manager of the state parks commission, revealed that the Office of State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation is considering extending people-mover routes along the gorge rim.  We oppose this extended route.


Commissioner David Broderick’s question about linking an extended route to the relocated train station was answered by Murray’s response of “not aware of any plan for such a link at this time.”  The idea of people-mover routes into the business districts of Niagara Falls, although this was suggested by former state parks director Mario Pirastru over 20 years ago, and more recently advocated by the Niagara Heritage Partnership, was similarly dismissed with “no plans at present.”


Four months ago (15 August) we wrote to you encouraging the Commission to become more actively involved in matters involving the Niagara Reservation.  At this time we also asked that you consider meeting with representatives of the Niagara Heritage Partnership and others in the community to discuss ways in which we might cooperate to achieve common goals.


We are writing again to remind the Commission of those requests—and of your obligation as Niagara Frontier Parks Commissioners to learn about and to convey the concerns of community members to appropriate levels of State Parks administration.  May we have the courtesy of a reply?





Bob Baxter

Conservation Chair


c: Harvey Albond

    David Broderick

    Heather DeCastro

    Minot Ortolani


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