The Niagara Parks Commission has launched an international contest to re-masterplan the area surrounding Canada’s most iconic waterfall
The competition seeks a 10-year conceptual vision for future of Niagara Falls, the surrounding Queen Victoria Park and additional lands spanning from Kingsbridge Park to Rainbow Gardens.
The project aims to enhance the area’s ‘natural wonders and iconic experiences’ while protecting its heritage, culture and lifestyle. Proposals will be expected to encourage investment while also promoting jobs growth and new opportunities for local communities.
According to the brief: ‘Niagara Parks is inviting proposals to develop a concept masterplan 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 masterplan will integrate park spaces and attractions by examining connectivity and movement throughout the study area and extending to the surroundings of the Central Parks study area, including Clifton Hill and Murray Hill, Niagara Falls GO Station.’
The Niagara Parks span more than 56 kilometres from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario along the Canadian side of the Niagara River. The huge estate includes the iconic Niagara Falls and a range of landscaped parks nearby.
Queen Victoria Park opened in 1888 as the centrepiece of the Niagara Falls tourist attraction which is the collective name for three waterfalls which dominate the landscape.
Known as the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls – the three natural features together boast the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world.
The latest project aims to upgrade the falls and the surrounding Queen Victoria Park along with several other landmarks including the historic power plants and the Niagara Parkway.
Popular tourist attractions included within the scope of the conceptual study also include the Journey Behind the Falls, Wildplay’s Mist Rider, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, The Floral Showhouse, and the Table Rock Complex.
Proposals will be expected to analyse transportation issues such as traffic and parking, encourage better pedestrian circulation, recommend marketing and financial strategies for the complex, and protect and enhance its natural and historic features.
The deadline for applications is 31 August.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information