Parks / Community Center
Calvin K. Richards Senior/Youth Activity Center
Veteran's Memorial Community Park
7000 Joe Rotella Way
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Music Mania Mondays
Concert Series Press Release
The Town of Niagara is pleased to announce our 2022 Music Mania Monday Concert Series, which begins on Monday June 27th. Below is a brief narrative of each week’s concert event:
June 27th: The 8th season of our Monday Night Music Mania Concert Series begins with Turnstiles, which is a Billy Joel Tribute from south Florida. This show features Billy Joel music from 1971 to the present and will include hit songs “The Piano Man” Uptown Girl and more. Opening band is Seventh Sign.
July 2nd: A special edition of Music Mania Monday’s is our Independence Day Celebration. This event features all-day music beginning at 2:00 PM, followed at 10:00 PM with our Independence Day Fireworks set to music. The musical line-up for this event is as follows:
2:00 PM-3:30 PM: Storm: Classic Rock
4:00 PM-5:30 PM: Out On The Tiles: Led Zeppelin Tribute
6:00 PM-7:30 PM: Grand Illusion: Styx Tribute
8:00 PM-10:00 PM: Strange Magic: ELO Tribute
July 11th: Back by popular demand is Elton Rohn, an Elton John Tribute from Ontario, Canada is one not to be missed complete with costume changes and backed by a string quartet. There will be no opening band as Elton Rohn takes the stage at 6:30 PM.
July 18th: Features Queen Nation, a Queen Tribute direct from Southern California come to us with rave reviews. Opening Band is Rock Angel.
July 25th: A return of one of our biggest draws The BBC Band, playing all your favorite Beatles Tunes. Opening band is Flipside.
August 1st: A new comer to our stage, but not to music lovers in Western NY is Strictly Hip, opening band is Meg and the Vandals.
August 8th: Chicago Authority, a Chicago Tribute not to be missed; Opening band is The USA Band.
August 15th: A fantastic doubleheader, the Yacht Fathers followed by Nerds Gone Wild
*Please note, due to weather this concert will be changed to Tuesday, August 23rd: Escape one of the premier Journey Tribute bands from Los Angeles, California, opening act is Learn to Fly, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute.
We begin each Monday night from 6:30-7:15 PM with a local Western, NY band as an opening act followed by our headliner who takes the stage at 8:00 PM. (unless otherwise stated)
There is a wide variety of food vendors as well including, Viola’s Submarines, Soliday’s, Cowboy Popcorn, Tim Horton’s, The Town of Niagara Lion’s Club and more.
- Seating is on a first come first serve basis,
- Veterans Memorial Community Park is a smoke free venue
- Coolers are permitted but subject to be searched (No outside alcohol permitted)
- Only service dogs permitted in the park
Special thanks to our Premier Corporate sponsors; Niagara’s Choice Federal Credit Union, Joe Ceconni’s Chrysler Complex, Western NY Heroes, Republic Services, Covanta Environmental Services, Tim Hortons, Rich Entertainment Group and Scott Lawn Yard Inc.
The Town of Niagara is accepting applications for non-profit groups or organizations interested in conducting a 50-50 drawing at one of our 2022 Music Mania Mondays summer concerts.
If interested, please contact the Town of Niagara Recreation Department Offices Monday-Friday from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at 716-297-2150 Ext. 201.
FOR RENTAL AND FEE INFORMATION SEE RECREATION PAGE
The Town of Niagara is offering 2 programs to memorialize veterans as well as individuals who didn’t serve in the military. To honor a veteran, you can purchase a vinyl banner, or a brick, or both.
Civilians can be honored through the Memorial Brick program.
All bricks are displayed permanently in Veterans Park at 7000 Lockport Road.
HOMETOWN HERO BANNER PROGRAM
Banners are made of a heavy duty vinyl and hang in Veterans Park or on one of the major highways in the Town of Niagara from Memorial Day through Veterans Day. Then they are removed and stored through the winter months to keep them in nice shape for at least 3 years or more depending on how they fare with the weather. Each year, the order is reversed, so those in the park are mounted on the road and some of the ones on the roads are in the park. That way, at some point, people get a chance to view them in the park at their leisure rather than along a busy road. Unfortunately, the banners that are on the telephone poles have to be mounted much higher to keep tractor trailers from wiping them out if they have to pull off on the shoulder.
If you are interested in a banner, call Pete Ames (Town of Niagara historian) at 716-297-4429, and he will provide you with an application. Once filled out, he will meet with you to accept the application, along with a photo of the vet and a check for $150 made out to “Town of Niagara Veterans Program”. He will want a copy of the honorable discharge paperwork if available. Please note veterans name in the memo field of the check. After the photo is scanned, Pete will return the original picture unless he can keep it as a copy. The fee includes the cost of the banner along with mounting hardware and the shipping. Applications for 2023 will be accepted through December 31, 2022. Once those have been processed and received, they will be added to the ones to be reinstalled in the Spring, prior to Monday, May 29, 2023.
MEMORIAL BRICK PROGRAM
If you would like to order a Memorial Brick, fill out the application and mail it, or bring it to Town Hall with a check for $100 as per the instructions on the application. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Town of Niagara historian, Pete Ames at 716-297-4429. Whether the brick is for a veteran or for a loved one who didn’t serve in the military, it is a nice way to honor them. The bricks will be placed on either side of the Veterans Monument at Veterans Park at 7000 Lockport Road. The Civilian section will be located between the Town of Niagara Memorial obelisk and the ARMY obelisk at the left side of the monument. The Veterans section is at the right side, next to the Coast Guard obelisk.
Phase One of Town of Niagara Veterans' Memorial Park was completed in 2003 which includes the Calvin K. Richards Senior/Youth Activity Center. The Park sits on 121 acres of land which includes the following:
- Three little league diamonds and one baseball diamond (all diamonds have sprinkler & irrigation systems),
- Two multi-purpose fields for soccer, football or lacrosse
- pond (seven feet deep)
- 3505 feet of paved roads
- 7000 feet of stone dust trails located in 13 acres of woods
- 9000 feet of paved multi-use trails which have two entrances, one on Grauer Road and one at the intersection of Grauer & Colonial Drive
- Paved parking for 263 vehicles.
- Seasonal stone parking lot for approximately 100 vehicle
Senior/Youth Activity Building
6,200 square feet
- 2,600 sq. ft. Great Room with gas fireplace
- Server (kitchen)
- Two office areas
- Boiler room
- Two storage rooms
- Electrical/Mechanical room
- State of the art Heating/Air Conditioning
Other Park Locations
ELLERINGTON PARK – SHARPE PLAYGROUND LAWSON OHN WOJTOWICZ PARK – NEVADA AVENUE IN BELDEN CENTER
GARY GUILIANI PARK – COLONIAL AND GARLOW ROAD
JOHN NIELSEN PARK- JOHN AND POMEROY AVENUE
ROSE M. GARCIA – JOANNE CIRCLE