Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled the design for a new $46 million state-of-the-art visitor center in Niagara Falls State Park, with construction scheduled to begin this fall.The new facility is being supported with an $8 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, the charitable legacy of the late Ralph C. Wilson, former owner of the Buffalo Bills and a co-founder of the American Football League.
Expected to be completed for the 2023 season, the new 28,000 square-foot facility will replace a 35-year-old center that no longer meets the needs of the park’s 9 million annual visitors.
With a grid-connected rooftop solar array, the glass, steel, and concrete facility will include new ticketing and information desks; interpretive museum highlighting topics including natural, industrial, and Indigenous American history; new concession spaces; and restrooms and associated support spaces.
An existing 7,000 square-foot regional administration building will be adapted to include a multi-purpose community room, regional archives, and offices for Niagara regional interpretive staff.
More information is available online.