Cataract Commons Ribbon Cutting at Niagara Falls

Capital improvement funds allocated by Empire State Development have enabled the construction of a public green in downtown Niagara Falls, NY that will enliven a key location within the city. Building upon our body of work in greater Niagara Falls, extensive improvements to Niagara Falls State Park and ongoing planning efforts along the Upper Niagara River, the Cataract Commons project brings exciting recreation opportunities to the heart of the downtown on Old Falls Street. The rich history of the site includes both a silent film and vaudevillian theater that were demolished during the urban renewal movement. An open space design that includes a stage and gathering space reintroduces a theatrical element to the site.

Ryan Kovac, Senior Landscape Architect at Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects, attended the project groundbreaking, and captured the occasion in the photo above, from left to right: Niagara Falls Mayor, Paul Dyster; USA Niagara Development Corporation Chairperson, Francine DelMonte; State Assemblyman (145th District), Angelo Morinello; USA Niagara President, Anthony Vilardo

The project is anticipated to draw to completion in the spring of 2020.

Read more at the Empire State Development News Release