For Immediate Release
February 15, 2012
The Niagara Parks Commission approves
Wallenda tightrope walk
Niagara Falls, ON Canada – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) has approved a request by professional tightrope walker Nik Wallenda to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope.
“This decision was approved in part in recognition of the role that stunting has played in the history and promotion of Niagara Falls. We have made it clear that this is a very unique one-time situation. It’s not an every day activity and will not be allowed to become an every day activity,” NPC Chair Janice Thomson said.
Under the motion approved by the NPC Board, consideration could be given to a professional performer’s stunting proposal such as this, only once every 20 years.
The approval is in principle and depends on an agreement being successfully negotiated with the NPC and Wallenda that includes obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals.
An agreement is expected to be reached between the two parties by March 31 and the proposed walk is anticipated to take place in summer, 2012.
NPC is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Recreation and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.
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