Tonawanda News


August 7, 2013

Thunder on Niagara to expand participation this year


Tonawanda News — “Buffalo had a bad reputation for its water,” he said. “This place is bringing them back.”  

City officials said the race should be “bigger and better” this year. Mayor Rob Ortt, addressing the media along with organizers Tuesday, said the family-friendly race is the largest free motor boat event in Western New York. 

“Waterfront development is all about bringing people to your waterfront and making it accessible,” he said. “Since 2006, this event has been drawing thousands of people to Gratwick Riverside Park and this beautiful vista of the Niagara River.” 

He added that the Twin Cities Community Outreach, an umbrella organization housing North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels, the Inter-Church Food Pantry and the Twin Cites Clothes Closet, will also reap some of the benefits of the event, sharing some of the revenue from a $5 parking charge. 

Food vendors will be on site, with the races kicking off at approximately 9:30 a.m. each day and ending at 5 p.m. Attendees are requested to use the Ward Road entrance off River Road.

For more information go to 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115. 

IF YOU GO • WHAT: Thunder on the Niagara boat races • WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 • WHERE: Gratwick Riverside Park, River Road, North Tonawanda • COST: Parking is $5

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