Tonawanda News — Niagara County on Wednesday introduced a new online parks reservation system for several area shelters under its purview. For those looking to get a jump on summer plans, residents will be able to gain access online beginning Monday.
Niagara County Legislator John Syracuse, the Republican chairperson of the public works committee, said the announcement is part of a greater plan to upgrade the county website and increase access and efficiencies.
“We wanted to provide flexibility for the public in making reservations, while increasing overall efficiency,” he said. “Our new reservation system will be user friendly, and available to anyone with Internet access on their computer, tablet or mobile phone. We will also continue taking reservations at our parks office and by phone.”
Four county shelters are available for reservations through the online system, including the West Canal Marina in North Tonawanda, as well Oppenheim Park in Wheatfield, The Royalton Ravine in Gasport and Kull Park in Olcott. Rates ranges from $35 to $75 a day, depending on the size of the shelter.
“Our goal is to make park reservations simple and user friendly,” Syracuse said. “Our new online system does just that. It makes it possible to do same-day reservations from a park, or anyplace you might be carrying an Internet-enabled device.”
The new online reservation system will be available at the county’s parks web portal at www.niagaracounty.com/parks.
Reservations may still be made between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Lockport parks office or by telephone at 439-7951.