Submission: August 31, 2017
Registration: August 31, 2017
Location: Niagara Park, Canada
Prizes: Please see details below
Ontario’s Niagara Parks extend from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario along the Canadian side of the Niagara River for 56 km, including the iconic Queen Victoria Park at the Falls. The Niagara Parks Commission is calling for proposals for a 10-year Concept Master Plan to guide the continuing development of Ontario’s Niagara Parks, focusing on Queen Victoria Park, and including the lands from Kingsbridge Park to the Rainbow Gardens. The Canadian Horseshoe Falls are the centerpiece to this area.
Niagara Parks is inviting proposals to develop a Concept Master Plan to better understand how contemporary visitors now connect with Niagara Parks, reflecting the development changes and challenges since the 1990’s. It will examine how the international and local visitors engage emotionally and physically throughout the park spaces around the seasons.
The Concept Master Plan will integrate park spaces and attractions by examining connectivity and movement throughout the study area (pedestrian linkages and WEGO) and extending to the surroundings of the Central Parks study area (Clifton Hill and Murray Hill, Niagara Falls GO Station).
The lands to be included in the Concept Master Plan include the original Park, Queen Victoria Park, and contain a high concentration of features and attractions including the Falls, the historic power plants, the Niagara Parkway, and visitor attractions including Journey Behind the Falls, Wildplay’s Mist Rider, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, The Floral Showhouse, and the Table Rock Complex. Natural heritage features include the Moraine, Dufferin Islands and the Niagara Gorge which are important habitat for rare and endangered species.
The development of the Concept Master Plan will be based upon Niagara Parks’ vision and mandate and new Strategic Plan and will be a blueprint to lead the organization forward, by:
- Leveraging and activating Niagara Parks’ natural wonders and iconic experiences
- Preserving and showcasing Niagara Parks’ rich heritage, culture and lifestyle
- Supporting a dynamic business environment with a focus on investment attraction, connection to local communities, job creation and economic well-being
- Taking experiences and services to the next level.