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New park opens in Niagara Falls

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Officials marked Monday's opening of LaSalle Waterfront Park in Niagara Falls.

Some improvements still need to be put in place, but some Niagara Falls residents and public officials took time yesterday to celebrate the new LaSalle Waterfront Park.

Built on what was once the Century Club on Buffalo Avenue just south of the Grand Island Bridge, the park gives the public some rare access to the river.
"Finally, this park has come to fruition," said Niagara Falls Councilman Charles Walker.

"Since I've been on the council, there have been so many plans for this site. At one time they were talking about a motel, they were talking about all kinds of stuff. It is good to see the first phase of this park has happened."

Much of the park's $2 million price tag came from Niagara River Greenway Commission, which is seeing more and more of its projects turning from years of planning to construction and completion.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.