The City of Lockport is the sponsor of the Erie Canal Flight of Five Rehabilitation Project. The City has successfully worked with elected officials at the local, state and federal level to obtain funding for the capital construction work necessary to return the Flight of Five to working condition.
The New York State Canal Corporation, owner and operator of the New York State Canal System, has been an integral partner. Similarly, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor assists with promotion and interpretation of Lockport’s Erie Canal heritage assets.
Aside from the capital construction costs, there are yearly operating expenses that the Lockport Locks Heritage District Corporation (LHDC) faces. The LHDC has taken on the City of Lockport’s obligation to maintain and operate the rehabilitated Flight of Five Locks as well as the Erie Traveler, Locks District Museum and Lock Tenders Tribute Monument. In addition, there are annual operating expenses, including liability insurance, Lock Tender uniforms, and marketing and advertising costs.
Lockport area businesses, recognizing the tremendous opportunity to economically revitalize Lockport’s historic canal corridor, donate to the Annual Locks District Appeal in order to provide funds for the operation and maintenance costs involved. The Locks District also benefits from over 125 volunteers serving as Lock Tenders, Flower Tenders, Chaperones, Tour Attendants and Tour Docents; many other local residents provide monetary contributions so that Saturday Locks Demonstrations can be offered to the public free of charge during the summer season.
The Lockport business community recognizes the economic potential of
heritage tourism to the Lockport area and within Western New York.
In addition to the businesses listed above by sponsorship category,
the following businesses have provided financial support
for the 2020 programs and special events in the Locks District.
American Concrete, Bergmann, CW Baker Insurance Agency, E&R Machine, GiRo Dry Cleaners, Hillman Automotive, Kax Solutions & Services, Kevin Gaskill Edward Jones Investments, Lock City Supply, Lockport Orthodontics, Merritt Machinery, MF Murphy Insurance Agency, PRP Financial Solutions
Penalty Box Restaurant, Steamworks, Towlson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
Click the Donate Tab below and show your support for our tremendous volunteers, programs and special events.
The Niagara County Historical Society operates the Erie Canal Discovery Center, which also serves as the location of the Lockport Visitor Information Center.
Lockport Main Street is Lockport’s community event management organization, and operates Lockport’s Community Farmers Market on Canal Street on Saturdays during the visitor season as well as the popular Locktoberfest held on the last Saturday in September.
Destination Niagara USA is Niagara County’s tourism promotion agency, and markets Lockport’s Erie Canal heritage attractions nationally and worldwide.
Historic Lockport Mill Race is rehabilitating the Spalding Mill and the route of the Lockport Mill Race on the south side of the Lockport Locks into another heritage attraction in the Locks District.