May 23rd was the big day — the Confer family and officials from the City of North Tonawanda conducted a ribbon cutting of the electronic kiosk at Gratwick Park that will issue boating launch passes.
The Confers came up with the idea for this project and Confer Plastics donated $10,000 to the City who did a great job of installing and integrating the system.
This project came about because the Confers had concerns that tourists couldn’t access the mighty Niagara River from the park. Until now, season boating passes could be had but they needed to be applied for at the City offices during the weekday business hours. If someone wanted to boat on weeknights or weekends they would have to launch in another municipality or risk getting ticketed.
This system now gives out-of-town boaters the ability to get a one-day pass for $5 that gives their families a chance to enjoy this beautiful stretch of the Niagara River that features great views, world class fishing, and extraordinary birdwatching.
People come from all over the world to experience the Niagara region — and this gives them the chance.
Not only does this get families outdoors, it also provides benefit to the local community — boaters will visit North Tonawanda restaurants and the City will have a new revenue stream that can be used to further enhance Gratwick and other City parks.
It was a nice ceremony and we truly appreciate the kind words of City officials.