NIAGARA FALLS, NY/ON – Famed aerialist Nik Wallenda, along with The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, are pleased to officially announce the much anticipated date of his tightrope walk across the Niagara Gorge on a high wire.
Highly anticipated event to take place on June 15th pays tribute to tourism destination’s stunting past
Wallenda, who obtained approval from both U.S. and Canadian officials to attempt this feat, plans to cross the Niagara Gorge on Friday, June 15, beginning at 9 p.m. Wallenda will make the approximate 550-metre (1,800-foot) crossing above the world-renowned Horseshoe Falls.
In announcing the walk, Wallenda stated, “This has been a dream of mine ever since I saw Niagara Falls for the first time when I was six years old. I fully expect this to be only the beginning of my life long relationship with Niagara Falls.”
According to NPC Chair Janice Thomson, “Given Niagara’s storied history with stunting and daredevil attempts, it is appropriate that Niagara Falls serve as the backdrop for this event; one which pays tribute to the individuals and performances of long ago, while highlighting Niagara Parks’ ongoing role as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations. This event will allow NPC and our colleagues at the New York State Park to showcase our world-class venues and inspire all those who wish to make Niagara their vacation destination of choice.”
“New York State Parks welcomes Mr. Wallenda to the historic Niagara Falls State Park for an event that will capture the imagination of people around the world,” said Rose Harvey, New York State Parks Commissioner. “We look forward to working with Mr. Wallenda and our partners in the Niagara Falls region to make June 15 a successful day and to highlight this natural wonder.”
Wallenda’s tightrope walk is expected to draw more than 120,000 people between both Parks to witness the event firsthand. A major American television network will broadcast Wallenda’s historic high wire walk live, enabling millions of viewers to watch worldwide.
Members of the media wishing to cover Nik Wallenda’s high wire walk in Canada will need to arrange accreditation with The Niagara Parks Commission. For further details about the event and accreditation, please go to www.niagaraparksmedia.com.
For media accreditation in the U.S., please contact Angela Berti at firstname.lastname@example.org.