Preliminary Designs for Downtown Niagara Falls Heritage Gateways

From 2007 until his retirement this year, Mark Thomas directed state parks in the 10 Western New York counties and oversaw the execution of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “NY Parks 2020” initiative which included more than a $125 million investment into Western Region state parks. Thomas’s tenure included the $70 million restoration of Niagara Falls State Park, the nation’s oldest state park, and the opening of the Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State Park. Image by NYSP Parks/

(WNY News Now) – The USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN) will host a public information session on December 11, 2023, to reveal preliminary designs for the Niagara Heritage Gateways Project, a key component of the broader Downtown Niagara Falls Heritage Walk. 

Niagara Falls, New York – The public session, which will take place both in-person at the Niagara Falls Convention Center and via webinar, will feature presentations on the Gorge/Canal Gateway and the Riverway Tree Walk. These components of the Niagara Falls Heritage Gateways project are slated to commence construction in 2024.

Funded by the state through Buffalo Billion II and the Regional Revitalization Partnership, the project is a collaborative effort to enrich the cultural and recreational experience in downtown Niagara Falls.

USAN President Anthony Vilardo and the project design team will be on hand to provide insights and answer questions during the event from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Governor’s Room at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, located at 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, New York 14303.

Those unable to attend in person can pre-register for the online public webinar at



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