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High Falls Project Breaks Ground

A lot of us take it for granted, but Rochester is one of the only cities in the United States to have a waterfall in the heart of downtown. It's a project that could make the River Gorge one of the region's must see attractions.
The first shovels of dirt have been moved on a project that could make the High Falls River Gorge Rochester's natural wonder.

"It really builds on a natural resource," GardenAerial Co-founder Michael Philipson said. "We're not trying to come in here and create something completely different. That might last 3 or 4 years. We're using the biggest natural resource the city has, which we believe is High Falls." 

The project is called GardenAerial, and a $500,000 State Grant is helping make it happen.

Work will be done in phases, starting with the Flourgarden on both sides of the River Gorge that features native plants and a water raceway.

"These are the things that will change Rochester for the next generation and put us on the map for sustainability," County Executive Maggie Brooks said.

The next phases include a trail around the gorge, a new pedestrian bridge that will take you right in front of the falls, and a winter garden.

They hope to make High Falls "greener" and the neighborhood more vibrant.

"Creating green space is very important to all Rochesterians and it makes the city much more livable," GardenAerial Board President Lisa Baron said. "When a city is livable, more people want to be there."

It took nature millions of years to make the gorge. In just a few more years, it will be a much nicer place to visit.
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