PB 360 is the first instance of participatory budgeting put into action in Niagara Falls.  Participatory budgeting is a democratic decision-making process of direct citizen engagement to manage public money.  With funds from U.S. Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Niagara Falls has allocated $360,000 in the 2017 Action Plan for PB 360.  We are seeking yours ideas and participation to decide how best to improve our city parks.

Get Involved

Members of the public participated in two brainstorm sessions held to get ideas onto paper.  The first session was held Saturday, June 24, at the John Duke Center and the second was held Wednesday, June 28 at the Carnegie Building.  These ideas have been worked into the below budgeted ballot items:

  1. Replacement of outdated, damaged playground at Liberty Park (Estimated cost: $200,000)
  2. Addition of security lighting at Gluck Park (Estimated cost: $75,000)
  3. Construction of a basketball court on South Side of Gill Creek Park (Estimated cost: $15,000)
  4. Planting of ornamental trees at Wright Park (Estimated cost: $1,000)
  5. Construction of a walking path at Jerauld Park (Estimated cost: $20,000)
  6. Construction of horseshoe pits at Jerauld Park (Estimated cost: $1,000)
  7. Construction of an additional shelter at Hyde Park (Estimated cost: $10,000)
  8. Addition of benches along the walking path at Hyde Park (Estimated cost: $8,000)
  9. Construction of a basketball court at Hyde Park (Estimated cost: $25,000)
  10. Construction of a new playground "pod" at Hyde Park (Estimated cost: $75,000)

Voting will take place during the following days and times throughout the month of August (click links for map location):

If you have any questions, please contact Jarrett Steffen, Compliance Officer, at jarrett.steffen@niagarafallsny.gov or by calling (716) 286-8811.

"City in a Park" Citywide Parks Master Plan

In 2013, the City engaged in a public participation process to create a master plan for city parks in Niagara Falls.  PB 360 looks to use this master plan as a jumping off point for discussion in the participatory budgeting brainstorming sessions.  Residents are welcome to reference the "City in a Park" documents below to initiate discussion and idea development.

"City in a Park" City of Niagara Falls 2013 Citywide Parks Master Plan
Appendix A - A Historical Perspective of the Park System
Appendix B - Community Engagement Summary
Appendix C - Park Summary Sheets
Appendix D - Recreation Stakeholder Input
Appendix E - Analysis Maps
Appendix F - Individual Park Master Plans
Appendix G - Opinion of Probable Costs