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State Parks Eyes $6M Investment For “Crow’s Nest” Expansion At American Falls

Next week, the public will have the opportunity to learn more about an initiative by the state parks to invest $6 million in the expansion of “Crow’s Nest,” a walking path and viewing platform located on the American side of the Falls.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has scheduled a public info session regarding the plan for Nov. 14. Park officials from the state will present sketches of the proposed concept, according to a report by The Niagara Gazette.

The Crow’s Nest is situated near The American Falls and is accessed by descending to The Maid of the Mist boarding area. The current set of stairs permits visitors to walk towards a photo area, then turn around to return.

State park officials say the expansion plan will permit visitors to walk up the gorge and to Prospect Point.

The upgrades are in process to offer visitors more access to the Falls, increase security features, and improve the perspectives of the Falls, according to a spokesperson for the state park.

The whole project is expected to cost approximately $6 million.

U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, a Buffalo-based Republican, revealed on September 1st that the office of his representative had helped get the $2.5 million grant to the project from the National Park Service through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

A press release from Higgins Office indicated that the funding to support Niagara Falls State Park is funded by conservation funds’ State and Local Assistance Program, which requires a 50% match. The funds are designed to help create a “seamless system of parks” across the country.

The Crow’s Next extension meeting is scheduled from 5:30 pm to 7 pm on November 14 at the Training area at DeVeaux Woods State Park, 3180 DeVeaux Woods Drive.

A formal presentation is scheduled to be held around 6:30 pm.

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Tessa Brook
Tessa Brook
March 13, 2024 12:18 pm

Have you heard about the exciting plans to expand the Crow’s Nest viewing platform at American Falls? They are adding eco-friendly features to boost sustainability efforts and offer visitors a richer experience. Imagine soaking in the beauty of the Falls while enjoying modern amenities – it’s going to be awesome! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together! What are your thoughts on this upcoming project?

Linda Harris
Linda Harris
April 15, 2024 8:23 am

The expanded Crow’s Nest viewing platform near American Falls promises some spectacular vistas! You’re in for a treat with those breathtaking views. The public info session on November 14th at DeVeaux Woods State Park is a fantastic chance for us to get the inside scoop on all the cool enhancements in store!

Alex Meadow
Alex Meadow
May 7, 2024 12:31 pm
Reply to  Linda Harris

Can’t wait for the info session! Let’s explore together and share our excitement. Maybe we can plan a visit to the state park afterward.

April 21, 2024 7:24 am

There’s some exciting news about the expansion plans for the Crow’s Nest near American Falls! Don’t forget to join the public info session on November 14 to share your thoughts. The collaboration between State Parks and the National Park Service is a fantastic step towards enhancing our park experiences and safeguarding the Falls’ beauty for years to come.


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