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Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk over Niagara Falls set for June 15
By Tom Precious
Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk, already attracting worldwide media attention, is expected to bring out tens of thousands of spectators for the 1,800-foot walk between Goat Island and the Canadian side of the falls.
ALBANY — Daredevil artist Nik Wallenda agreed with state parks officials today to perform his tightrope walk over Niagara Falls on June 15.
Sources said the state is expected to sign the agreement by Thursday.
The agreement with the state Parks Department also calls for Wallenda to pick up the state's costs — for security, preparation work, maintenance — of about $150,000, an official in Albany said today. That does not include other costs Wallenda will incur, including expenses for a rescue helicopter and costs borne by Canada.
The event, already attracting worldwide media attention, is expected to bring out tens of thousands of spectators for the 1,800-foot walk between Goat Island and the Canadian side of the falls.
Reached this afternoon, Wallenda said the sides are "extremely close" to finalizing terms of the walk.
"However, we are not there yet," he said.
Wallenda said he needed to talk to his legal team before commenting further.
But officials in Albany said Wallenda's team signed an agreement earlier today to perform the walk June 15.
The walk, which even needed an act of the state Legislature to happen, is expected to be broadcast live nationally.
Wallenda recently told an Ontario newspaper that Canadian officials had signed off on the June 15 date, but that he was awaiting word from New York state.
There had been speculation that New York officials had wanted the walk to occur later in the summer, but officials said the mid-June request was granted in Albany this afternoon.