The proposed 6,000-seat site and adventure campus would be known as “Centennial Park”.
NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Niagara Falls City Mayor Robert Restaino aims to generate year-round tourism in downtown Niagara Falls.
Restaino said its goal is to keep visitors to Niagara Falls every 12 months of the year and that it wants to provide more activities for tourists during the winter season.
To do this, Restaino suggests that the city of Niagara Falls partner with New York State to build a multi-faceted event campus throughout the year.
The proposed 6,000-seat site and adventure campus would be known as “Centennial Park” and would allow the city to host concerts, shows, hockey games and ice skating.
According to the proposed renderings, the project could be located near Falls Street and John Daly Boulevard. in downtown Niagara Falls.
“There isn’t a venue in Niagara County that can accommodate 5 to 6,000 people at an event. So we think the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara County have been waiting for this type of event center for a long time, ”said Restaino.
Plans for Centennial Park include an indoor arena, outdoor amphitheater, water feature, wall climbing adventure course, and parking.
Niagara Falls City Council President Kenny Tompkins called the proposal a “game changer” for Niagara Falls.
“It would really allow families to participate in activities, it’s designed, based on what we’ve put in place, to be a four-season place,” Restaino continued.
Mayor Restaino previously presented the proposal to Niagara Falls City Council and discussed it in a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin on Monday.
“He was very receptive, his comment in my opinion was, ‘It sounds pretty straightforward. I hope this conversation coupled with the Governor’s commitment to bring funds to the hospitality industry will translate into great economic development opportunities here in the city, ”said Restaino.
Governor Kathy Hochul on Monday announced that $ 450 million would be invested in tourism workers and the tourism industry statewide.
Mayor Restaino said he would discuss the proposal soon with representatives from New York State and the Seneca Nation.
“Given the nature of the tourist season alone, which according to the state’s own estimates is around 9 million visitors, the return on investment for the cost associated with this development is exponential,” he said. declared.
2 On Your Side asked President Tompkins if he had any concerns about the current unknown price associated with the project.
“No, not the way they spend the money in our government today, our federal government and the state government, I don’t see any problem with the price,” he said.
You may remember a similar development known as “Wonder Falls” that was proposed in 2014 for the vacant Rainbow Center mall. Five years later, in 2019, Uniland Development abandoned the project and said it was “not economically feasible”.
Tompkins says this proposal is different because it is brought forward by the city and residents, and not by a developer.