NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — “We’re going to make this place a better place,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said while visiting Niagara Falls Thursday.

Cuomo, and those who spoke before him, touched on a number of topics involving the improvement of the city through his $1 billion NY Parks 2020 program.

The most significant change coming though, is the renaming of a much-used highway — Robert Moses Parkway.

The extensive road reaches from the Grand Island Bridge, all the way into the town of Porter, and will soon feature a name more characteristic of it’s location near the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. The route will soon be known as “Niagara Scenic Parkway.”

The name was chosen after a five week contest that ended in April.

In addition to having a new name, Robert Moses Parkway will also be torn down and removed from Main St. to Findlay Dr., giving travelers easier access to recreational trails and the Niagara River.

Construction work on the road is expected to start in early 2018 and cost $42 million.

Also during his Thursday speech, Cuomo praised state parks, saying they have been “overlooked” in the past. “State parks are really at the heart of I Love NY,” Cuomo said.

The governor’s $17 million plans include improving the Terrapin Point Overlook and creating a “year-round Cave of the Winds experience.” Terrapoint Point would be reopened for the Fourth of July weekend following improvements.

“Niagara Falls State Park is truly one of the crown jewels of New York, offering unparalleled natural beauty and some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities in the nation,” Cuomo said. “This investment builds the good progress we have made to transform Western New York from the ground up – revitalizing our state parks and historic sites, boosting tourism and creating thousands of well-paying jobs. Today we are recapturing the bold vision and determination that created the most ambitious parks system in the nation, and preserving and enhancing our natural treasures for generations to come.”