The Niagara Parks Commission in Canada has given the daredevil Nik Wallenda permission to cross the Niagara Falls on a tightrope this summer.
Wallenda, 32, already secured the approval for the walk from the state of New York and the mayor of Niagara Falls last year, but had his request refused by the Canadian Commission in December.
Local media is reporting that the Commission unanimously voted to reverse its decision at a public meeting on Wednesday.
“This decision was approved in part in recognition of the role that stunting has played in the history and promotion of Niagara Falls,” commission chair Janice Thomson said in a release quoted by the Canadian Press. “We have made it clear that this is a very unique one-time situation.”
Wallenda, who already holds the Guinness records for the longest and highest tightrope crossing by bicycle, says his stunt will bring an estimated $120 million dollars to the area over five years, the National Post states.
A report from the Associated Press says that Wallenda plans to run a custom-made 2-inch wire between the Canadian and US sides, about 60 to 70 feet above the 160-foot gorge. It will take between 30 to 40 minutes to complete the 1800-foot walk.
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Responding to the Canadian Commission's decision, the Bullet News Niagara quotes Wallenda as saying: “I’m pretty emotional right now. This has been a dream of mine since I was six years old. Persistence pays off. I feel like I’m on top of the world It’s a dream, and I hope it’s inspirational to everyone out there.”
The Commission has given Wallenda 45 days to finalize a date and the details for the walk, 570 News said.
The last person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope, CBC reports, was James Hardy in 1896.
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