NIAGARA FALLS – A team of State Parks workers has received one of the agency’s highest honors for its work on the Nik Wallenda wire-walk last year.
State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey earlier this month awarded the L.L. Huttleston Special Achievement Award to Raymond Goll, of Nunda, general park manager; Ronald Peters, of Youngstown, deputy general manager; Angela Berti, of the Town of Tonawanda, public affairs and marketing coordinator; and Maj. David Page, also from Nunda, of the State Parks Police.
“This team’s efforts showed off Niagara Falls State Park in the most positive light for the entire world to see,” Harvey said in a statement. “This extraordinary team of professionals planned and executed the highly successful implementation of the Wallenda Walk with just eight weeks of intensive preparation time.”
The State Parks workers coordinated with multiple state, federal and international agencies and “managed every detail that ensured an extremely smooth, memorable and positive event,” Harvey added.
State Parks electrician Sam Mattina, of Lockport, also won the Huttleston Award for his work on renewable energy.
Mattina led the team that installed the first solar installation on the roof of the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center in Niagara Falls State Park.
His research on new LED lighting and sensors at the Discovery Center cut energy use by nearly 70 percent, officials said.