NIAGARA FALLS - Two of the most breathtaking viewing areas on the American side of Niagara Falls will be closed to visitors from now until next spring to accommodate $3 million in improvements.
Workers fenced off access today to the Three Sisters Islands and Luna Island viewing areas to begin the improvements financed primarily by Niagara River Greenway money provided by the New York Power Authority under its relicensing agreement in 2005 for the Niagara Power Project.
State Parks officials and local representatives in the State Legislature were on hand this afternoon in the Top of the Falls restaurant on Goat Island to announce the beginning of the reconstruction. The announcement originally was scheduled for outdoors on Goat Island, but it was forced indoors by heavy and unrelenting rainfall.
A state program called NY Works is investing $2 million for restorations at Three Sisters Islands that include a new trolley shelter, expanded parking area, new pedestrian walkways and overlooks, enhanced landscaping and new railings.
The allocation for Luna Island includes $1.187 million for new pedestrian walkways, overlook improvements, enhanced landscaping, new benches, light posts and railings.